St Paul's Church, Munich

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St Paul's Church, Munich

St Paul's Church (German: St Paul or Paulskirche) is a large Roman Catholic church in the Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt quarter of Munich, southern Germany. It was built in 1892-1906, designed by the Austrian architect Georg von Hauberrisser in Gothic Revival architecture north of the Theresienwiese.

Architecture[edit]

The construction consists mainly of limestone from Ansbach for the exterior cladding. Upper Bavarian tuff was used for the interior and the core of the masonry consists of brick. The height of the main tower is 97 meters, its model was the tower of the Frankfurt Cathedral. The two western towers are 76 meters high. The west facade is decorated by a large rose window above the main entrance.

History[edit]

During World War II, St Paul's was heavily damaged by air raids, especially in December 1944, with large pieces of equipment were lost, including the high altar.

On 17 December 1960, a Convair C-131D Samaritan crashed on a flight from Munich to RAF Northolt, west London, United Kingdom shortly after take-off from Munich-Riem Airport and hit the 318 feet steeple of St Paul's Church.

Coordinates: 48°08′11″N 11°33′08″E / 48.13639°N 11.55222°E / 48.13639; 11.55222