Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.
View from Tower of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Munich
So I didn’t really know about this place until my girlfriend, who just flew in from San Francisco to spend time with me during my last week in Munich, told me that this is a must-see. She is not wrong.
Initially, we went inside the chapel – only to find out that the gate to the tower is already closed. We were very disappointed but also kind of expecting it since we also just arrived from a day tour of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof castles.
We were about to leave when we saw a booth right outside the church, and a few more people streaming in. Hah! Apparently, it was still open! Lucky us.
As we were climbing the steep 200+ steps though to get to the top of the tower, we didn’t feel that lucky any longer.
But the view on top is so worth it. Not for the faint-of-heart though.
According to Wikipedia:
Before the foundation of Munich as a city in 1158, there had been a pre-Merovingian church on this site. 8th century monks lived around this church on a hill called Petersbergl. At the end of the 12th century a new church in the Bavarian Romanesque style was consecrated, and expanded in Gothic style shortly before the great fire in 1327, which destroyed the building. After its reconstruction the church was dedicated anew in 1368. In the early 17th century the 91 meter spire received its Renaissance steeple top and a new Baroque choir was added.
With one of my closest girlfriends who is based in San Francisco, a pediatric nurse, who took time off to see the sights of Munich and Madrid with me.
The parish church of Saint Peter, whose 91 meters high tower is commonly known as “Alter Peter” – Ole Pete – and which is emblematic of Munich, is the oldest recorded parish church in Munich and presumably the originating point for the whole city.