Technically named the Church of St. Johann Nepomuk, the Asam Church was built as a private chapel by two wealthy brothers, whose last name was Asam, hence the name. This extraordinary, yet small, church is located on one of Munich’s most popular and high end shopping streets, but you might not even notice it when walking by. We almost passed right by it! The entrance is fairly humble, except for the astonishing carved boulders, and the facade is only 22 x 8 meters wide. Don’t let the exterior fool you because once you step inside, your jaw will drop almost to the marble floor.
Architecture & Art
The inside is an absolutely stunning example of over-the-top, late Baroque architecture, the likes of which I’ve never seen in such a small space. Imagine having this as your private place of worship! One of the brothers could actually look into the church to watch mass through a window from his mansion, located right next door. Other than the extraordinary amount of decoration literally everywhere, the most amazing thing to see is the ceiling. Look up to see what appears to be a dome but actually is flat and painted to be an optical illusion. Despite all of the opulence, you might forget that this is a place of worship, so the church is filled with biblical imagery to remind you. My favorite was at the entrance. A gilded grim reaper, in the form of a skeleton, cuts the thread of life, which is being held by a golden cherub. It’s a simple, yet striking, reminder that life is fleeting, so enjoy it while you can.
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