Paulskirche Munich

Paulskirche Munich (‘St Paul kirche’), is a Gothic Revival style Catholic church, located next to Theresienwiese.

The church was built in response to the spiritual needs of the rapidly growing city of Munich.

To build the new church, an architectural competition was organized in 1883, which was won by Georg von Hauberrisser.

His winning plan was a Gothic Revival interpretation, also blending into its features French Gothic and Rhein Gothic influences.

Paulskirche Munich Germany

PHOTO: Paulskirche, as seen from Bavariaring. Best way to approach the church is from from Landwehrstrasse’s eastern section, as the church is a ‘point de vue’ western end to the street.

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PHOTO: St Paul kirche highlights include its three towers, tallest of which is 97 meters (318 ft), making the church the second tallest in Munich, after Frauenkirche. The (pictured) side towers are 76 meters (249 ft) tall.

St Paul kirche Munich entrance

PHOTO: St Paul kirche (side) entrance at St-Pauls-Platz. The side entrance is, in fact, mostly used as the primary entrance to the church.

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PHOTO: Adjacent to the church is Theresiawiesenthal, field where several major Munich events are organized…including Oktoberfest and Tollwood Winter Festival. In the picture, tents for the Tollwood event are just being constructed.

Work on St Paul kirche commenced from 1892, with the building completed in 1906.

It was consecrated by Archbishop of Bamberg, Friedrich Philipp von Abert, with an attendance, that included the entire Wittelsbach ruling dynasty, led by Prince-Regent Luitpold.

Georg von Hauberisser, the church architect, also designed Munich‘s new city hall, the Neue Rathaus, in reminiscent Gothic Revival style.

Paulskirche Munich

Address: St.-Pauls-Platz 11, 80336 Munich, Germany
Official website: Erzbistum-Muenchen.de

Gothic (and its later version, Gothic Revival) style, in fact, has been considered a ‘German‘ style…

…ever since Johann Wolfgang von Goethe expressed his views on how Gothic style united the German people, in a speech at the Strasbourg cathedral, in 1773.

The tallest of the church towers, at 96 meters (318 ft), has an observation platform, from where you’ll be able to see panoramic views, especially to Theresienwiese.