Asam Kirche, Munich – Drive To Romania

In August 2014 I was invited to an old work colleague / friends wedding. He had already got married in London to his wife with just a few friends as witness, however they wanted to marry again in their home country with more of their friends and family with them. This was definitely an opportunity I couldn’t say no to, so teaming up with two other friends we drove from London through five countries to our destination…Romania.

The entire round trip took us two weeks, with just over a week spent in Romania for socialising, exploring, experiencing some of the local culture and of course the wedding.

I didn’t take half as many pictures as I probably should, and if I have the chance to do another similar trip in the future I would definitely get the camera out at every given opportunity.

Munich – Asam Kirche

The first leg of the journey was a bit of a rush as we had to get from London to Munich within the first day because we were dropping someone off. Naturally we were knackered after the long drive but after a good nights rest Ron and I were able to spend the next day exploring Munich. There were two places I was eager to see, the first was the St. Johann Nepomuk Church A.K.A Asam Kirche (Asam Church) and the second was the Pinakothek der Moderne art museum.

I had been looking forward to seeing the Asam Kirche since researching before the trip and it was a truly awe inspiring place. Designed & built by two brothers Egrid Quirin Asam & Cosmas Damian Asam  between 1733 and 1746 it has since become an important representation of South German Baroque.

Asam Kirche 1

The entire church fits within a 22 x 8 metre space between two other residential properties, both of which were purchased by the Asam brothers. The southern property had previously been built in the 16th Century and upon purchase by Egrid was used as his home which he sculptured with Stucco ornamentation, typical of the 18th Century. The church alter could be seen through a window from Egrid’s southern property. The northern property was used as residence for the church priest.

The image below is at the full size, so if you wanted to zoom in slightly it is better for seeing the details.

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The extreme amount of detail that was put into every aspect of the church is staggering I can see why it would have taken 13 years to complete. Below is a close up of the window with spiral columns on either side.

Asam Kirche 2

The church was split into 3 vertical sections. The ground floor which is the darkest was for the congregation, the second floor which is slightly lighter is designed for an emperor figure and the final section which includes the ceiling is dedicated to God himself and is the brightest. The ceiling was painted by Cosmas Damian Asam and is called “Life of Saint Nepomuk”.

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The image below with the angel holding another painting clearly shows the level of detail the brother’s went into when designing, building & painting the church.

If you are ever in Munich, I would suggest visiting this amazing spectacle.

Asam Kirche 3

If you would like to find out more about the Asam Kirche you can visit this Wikipedia link which gives a nice overview of the history.

Munich – Pinakothek der Moderne

The second place we visited was the Pinakothek der Moderne, I’m not usually a fan of modern art in regards to the paintings and sculptures that some galleries put on display but the Pinakothek had a great selection of product design from cars to computers to seats and aeroplane engines making more a museum of modern art than a gallery. Luckily, the day we went to the museum they had a special offer reducing the price from 10 euros to just 1.

The two photos below were the only ones I felt deserved a place on the blog. They were taken in a room which had a long line of green lights (as seen in photo one). When you looked at the walls outside of the green room while standing inside the white walls looked pink in colour which was a nice bit of trickery on the eye.

pinakothek der moderne 1

pinakothek der moderne 2

Munich – General Exploration

The two photos below were taken while just having a drive and walk around Munich. Both photos were taken on a bridge over the River Isar, which eventually flows into the Danube.

Munich 1

Munich 2

There will be another couple of posts associated with my trip to Romania to come in the future.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tom out!

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