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Frauenkirche - Munich
Frauenkirche - Munich, Germany

Frauenkirche is the tallest and most historical houses in Munich, Germany. It is actually a church and is considered as a symbol of the Bavarian capital city. Construction of this Cathedral began in 1468; it is a replacement of Romanesque church built in the 12th century. It is constructed in Gothic style architecture by Jorg von Halsbach, a famous German architect.

The Frauenkirche was constructed very plainly without any ornaments in late Gothic style without using red brick, due to lack of stone pits. The two towers were completed in 1488 but the building’s famous domes were not added at top of each tower until 1525. These two domes were constructed in late Byzantine architectural style and were similar to Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

The Devil's Footstep

The Cathedral is 358 feet long and 130 feet wide. The two towers including the domes were 1 meter different in height; the North tower is 323.4 feet and the South tower is 323 feet tall. It has a capacity of 20,000. The spatial effect to the church was given by a tile with a footprint at the entrance of the nave, it was popularly known as the “Devil’s footstep”. The interior arches of the church were designed by Heinrich von Straubing. Much of the interior was destroyed during the World war. Later the interiors were decorated with 14th to 18th century artworks by Erasmus Grasser, Jan Polack, Hans Krumpper and Ignaz Gunther. A tomb monument of Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor is the major attraction.

Later during the World War II the cathedral suffered a huge damage, the roof collapsed and one of the towers had severe damage. The renovation process started after the war and was completed in 1994.