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Frauenkirche (Church of our Blessed Lady)

Church of Our Blessed Lady, Munich. ũ A Mueller/Munich Tourist Office

Hours: Various
Cost: Free
The lofty, late-gothic brick Frauenkirche (Church of Our Blessed Lady) in the city centre, is Munich's cathedral and a city symbol with its two distinctive green onion domes. The interior is equally imposing, and includes the legendary 'Devil's Footstep'.
Herzog Sigismund commissioned JɆrg von Halsbach to build the cathedral and laid the foundation stone in 1468. Construction of the two towers, which are both almost 100 metres high, was completed in 1488. However, the two round domes at the top of each tower, which are known as the Welschen Hauben, were not built until 1525.

The cathedral suffered heavy damage during the Second World War, when the arches collapsed and the church itself was looted. A major restoration programme was initiated and renovation completed in stages, the last in 1994.

The church has room for around 20,000 people and Roman Catholic services are held regularly.
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