The Asamkirche is easily the most opulent building on the street! We had zero trouble finding it. Once you reach Marienplatz put the Glockenspiel on your left and walk straight for ten minutes. You honestly can’t miss it.
I knew there was going to be something pretty spectacular behind these heavily carved doors but when I pushed it open words abandoned me. Olga murmured over my shoulder “Lyzzie what do you see?” And in true Howard Carter fashion, ” . . . Wonderful things”.
Built in between 1733 and 1745 the Asam Church was a private Baroque Church for the brothers Egid Asam and Cosmas Asam; a sculptor and painter.
When researching this blog post I found a very fascinating observation: The interior is divided vertically into three sections, which increase in brightness from the bottom upwards. The lowermost portion of the benches for the church visitors is kept relatively dark and in the design symbolizes the suffering of the world. The second section, located above, is kept white and blue, and reserved for the emperor. The uppermost portion of the indirect and hidden illuminated ceiling painting is dedicated to God and eternity”.
My favorite part of the Church is the symbolism that had my history degree coming in handy.
My favorite scene in the entire church is the view you look when you bless yourself upon entering and look up. A gilded and grim reminder of memento mori ( a reflection of your mortality). Gently held in one hand is the thread of fate and the skeletal remains of death clutches a pair of ornate scissors poised to cut the string of life. A reminder that life is fleeting and death eventually comes for us all. This is one of my favorite allegorical representations of memento mori that I have ever seen. We will never see a time period like the 18th century who took grim reminder of death and life and turned them into artwork that holds up to the test of time.
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