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Munich Sights

Theatinerkirche (St. Kajetan) (Theatine Church)

Updated 11/18/2013

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This glorious baroque church owes its Italian appearance to its founder, Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, who commissioned it in gratitude for the birth of her son and heir, Max Emanuel, in 1662. A native of Turin, the princess distrusted Bavarian architects and builders and thus summoned Agostino Barelli, a master builder from Bologna, to construct her church. It is modeled on Rome's Sant'Andrea della Valle. Barelli worked on the building for 12 years, but he was

dismissed as too quarrelsome. It was another 100 years before the building was finished in a style similar to today's. Its striking yellow facade stands out, and its two lofty towers, topped by delightful cupolas, frame the entrance, with the central dome at the back. The superb stuccowork on the inside has a remarkably light feeling owing to its brilliant white color. The expansive Odeonsplatz in front of the Feldherrnhalle and Theatinerkirche is often used for outdoor stage events.

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Theatinerstr. 22, Munich, 80333, Germany

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Phone:

089-210–6960

Updated 11/18/2013

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Dec 6, 2004

Not a highlight

Though this church has a halfway interesting story, the church itself isn't that much to see. It's a big yellow church across from the (completely reconstructed) Residence as well and Odeonsplatz...though the area is wonderful and full of history, this particular church is certainly dwarfed by others in town such as the Asam kirche (which shows you why you shouldn't give gold to bavarians) and Michaelskirche (where Ludwig II is buried as well as

many other wittelsbachs (bavarian royal family)).

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