Church of St. Johann Baptist, Munich (Pfarrkirche St. Johann Baptist)

The New Parish Catholic Church of St. John (Johan) the Baptist, also known as the Church of St. John the Baptist (Pfarrkirche St. Johann Baptist), is one of the tallest and most voluminous churches in Munich.

The church is located on the east bank of the Isar River, in the heart of the Au-Haidhausen district.

St. John's Church was built of brick between 1852 and 1874 years according to the plans of the German architect Matthias Berger in the style of Gothic revival (neo-Gothic). This Church replaced the, by then already an old and smaller Church of the Haidhausen district, which is not enough room for the parishioners, since in the early and mid-19th century, the population in Munich and the surrounding area on both sides of the ISAR river has increased dramatically. The old parish Church of St John the Baptist (Alte St. Johann Baptist) with an adjoining cemetery are also located in the district of AU-Haidhausen. Read more about the district of AU-Haidhausen...

Outside of the new Church of St. John the Baptist is decorated with a small amount of gold.

The West Church tower has a height of over 90 meters, making the Shrine one of the highest churches in Munich. The Church tower is clearly visible from the Vienna square, (Wiener Platz), and it forms the image of the area, which is often depicted on Souvenirs and postcards.

In the Church tower there are six bells. A small bronze bell 1869 (foundry Bahmayra) was supplemented in 1948 by five cast steel bells.

View of the Church with the Vienna square

The Church is practically not affected during the Second world war. The bomb was destroyed by a removable glass stained glass. The original Church stained glass Windows 21 were removed as a precaution in January 1943 and was kept in the district of Erding.

Main tower received a new gabled roof with a helmet in 1967 and since then has current altitude. Later the side of the tower of the Church also have smaller peaks in the same form.

Special attention in the interior of the Church is attracted to the neo-Gothic marble 16-meter-high main altar, the high stained glass Windows and a new organ, which was consecrated in 2005.

The neo-Gothic interior of the Church is also preserved in the side altars and Pew for communion.

The interior of the Church

The main altar


Address Church of St. John the Baptist: the Johannisplatz (Johannisplatz).

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