Munich: Theatine Church at Odeonsplatz

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Going back to Munich city centre from BMW Welt was genuinely easy and fast by train.  And having accomplished the only item, i.e. BMW excursion, in our Day 2 itinerary, we were set to embrace anything that the Altstadt (Old Town) has to offer at twilight.

We instinctively decided to go to a Christmas market. Our hotel concierge mentioned the previous day that Munich has a few but her favourite was the one at Residenz in Odeonsplatz and so that was where our furry boots headed…

We got off at Odeonsplatz train station but before we could reach the Christmas market, we were distracted by the imposing bright yellow-coloured church which turned out to be the Theatine Church of St Kajetan (or St Kajetan-Theatinerkirche in German).

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Sunset was imminent but who could miss this vivid yellow?

Theatinerkirche is a Catholic church originally built in the 17th century.  It was commissioned by Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy to give thanks for the birth of her son, Prince Max Emanuel,  the long-awaited heir to the Bavarian throne. The prince later became known as Prince-elector Maximilian II.

I have only been to a few in Europe but this was the first time that I had seen a church with all-white interiors that was far from simple.  I mean look at those massive columns and intricate works on the walls and ceiling.

Joaquin praying that his allergies would go away 🙂  
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Grateful for the opportunity of being able to travel and make fun memories together
Parts of Theatinerkirche were destroyed during WWII and restoration of this Baroque beauty was mostly completed in 1955.
I found it difficult to exit the church without craning my neck to stare one last time at the church’s hypnotic stucco interiors. 

Many Bavarian royalties were buried in the crypt of Theatinerkirch and it would have been a good educational experience for the boys to explore that part of the church but they had been itching to go to the Christmas market already and press their lips on the warm mugs of kinderpunsch (alcohol-free hot punch).

Right outside Theatinerkirche, in the middle of Odeonsplatz, was the Feldherrnhalle.  It is a monument erected to honour the Bavarian soldiers.  It was commissioned in 1841 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria.
Incidentally, it was also the site of a battle that ended Adolf Hitler’s failed coup d’etat to seize power in Munich in 1923 (the event known as Beer Hall Putsch).   

Our experience in Munich’s traditional Christmas markets is up in the next blog post. 🙂

— xoxo —

Here are the other posts on our Bavarian and Austrian holiday:

  1. Munich: Start of our family’s tales from last winter
  2. Munich: Viktualienmarkt Biergarten
  3. Munich: BMW Museum and BMW Welt
  4. Munich: Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall


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