Erlöserkirche, Munich

Munich, Germany

Erlöserkirche, Munich

The Erlöserkirche (Church of the Redeemer) is the oldest Lutheran church in Schwabing, part of Munich, Bavaria, Germany. The full name is Evangelisch-Lutherische Erlöserkirche. It was built from 1899 to 1901 on a design by Theodor Fischer, in a style combining historicism and Jugendstil.

The Lutheran congregation in predominantly Catholic Schwabing had only a small Bethaus (prayer house). A church was planned to accommodate a growing population in the still rural suburb, where Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Thomas Mann lived. It was designed by Theodor Fischer who followed the model of a classical basilica such as St. Anna im Lehel. The style recalls historicism, but includes Jugendstil decoration and shows a tendency to clearer modern structure. The architect, who designed the first church in his career, planned "eine echt protestantische Kirche, [...] in erster Linie ein[en] Predigtsaal, in dem das Wort lebendig werde" ("a true Protestant church, first of all a hall for the sermon, to make the word come alive").

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