Catholic Parish and University Church Saint Louis, Munich: Detail, raking view of central portal and part of flanking screen



The patron was King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The Ludwigskirche was a unique achievement of its time, the answer to Gärtner’s quest for a style that could develop the artistic possibilities he believed were concealed in early medieval architecture. The mature solution was a basilica with transept and a rectangular choir, the street façade dominated by tall, elegant, twin towers; the parsonage and Gärtner’s own house were connected to the entrance façade by round-arched arcades, giving a horizontal emphasis to the street front. Peter Cornelius provided choir and transept with monumental frescoes depicting the Christian creed, dominated by a gigantic Last Judgment (1839) on the choir wall above the high altar.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Ludwigskirche, München

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Churches

  • Architecture

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Rundbogenstil

  • Romanesque Revival

  • Nineteenth century

Place of Creation
  • Munich

  • +48.148889+11.581389

  • Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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