St. Boniface's Abbey

Munich, Germany

St. Boniface's Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1835 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria, as a part of his efforts to reanimate the country's spiritual life by the restoration of the monasteries destroyed during the secularisation of the early 19th century. The abbey, constructed in Byzantine style, was formally dedicated in 1850. It was destroyed in World War II and only partly restored. The church contains the tombs of King Ludwig I and of his queen, Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

St. Boniface's is situated in a city, which is unusual for a Benedictine monastery. To ensure the material provision of the monks, King Ludwig bought the former Andechs Abbey, which had been secularised in 1803, along with its supporting farmlands and gave it to the new abbey. For this reason Andechs is now a priory of St. Boniface's Abbey.

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Karlstraße 32, Munich, Germany
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Founded: 1835
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: German Confederation (Germany)

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Vincent Penschke (16 months ago)
I was at a concert there, the acoustics seem to be pretty good, the only downside is the weird placement of the seats. They go around in a circle and because i happened to be sitting behind the players the sound didnt mix well at all. Also the "seats" are terrible: looking modern but at the same time are the most uncomfortable one i have ever sat on.
ioan cohan (17 months ago)
Very racist staff
Daniel Soosay (17 months ago)
Been going frequently to this church and feels right at home as there is a English speaking mass every Sundays at 1015am.
eghosa collins ogiefa (18 months ago)
Very good
BradJill Travels (2 years ago)
This is a church (free entrance) built around 1850 but badly damaged during WWII. Its exterior was restored to its original architecture. However the interior was given an entirely new layout and design. The facade and exterior architecture are attractive. There is a portico fronted by Ionic columns and three large bronze doors that are interesting to see. The interior seems to be based on concepts of symmetry and science instead of what you might expect to find of churches from the same time period. Nothing bad but for me personally, it was somewhat forgettable given my interest in viewing historical churches during my travels. As a tourist visitor, one quick visit was enough. Have a look inside St. Bonifaz Basilica if you are in the area and have a few minutes on your hand. Otherwise, I would concentrate my time visiting the more decorative churches in the Old Town.
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