Ingolstadt Münster

Ingolstadt, Germany

Ingolstadt Münster, built in the 15th century, is one of the largest Gothic brick buildings in Bavaria. Inside, the mighty cathedral houses altars, valuable stone reliefs and figures, paintings and wood carvings. The high altar (1572) commemorates the centenary of the foundation of Ingolstadt's university.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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www.ingolstadt-tourismus.de

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Lucie K. (2 years ago)
Nádherný kostel v klidném malém městečku Ingolstadt. Kostel je obrovský a postavený ze samých cihel. Uvnitř kostela je oltář nádherně, dřevěně zdobený starým řezbářským uměním. Oltář lze obejít kolem dokola. Dost neobvyklé. Monumentální jsou i obrovské sloupy a celkově nádherná klenba kostela. Rozhodně stojí za to se jít dovnitř podívat ať jste či nejste věřící.
Tommaso Grotteschi (3 years ago)
Bellissima Chiesa cattolica con l' interno in stile barocco, che conserva alcune bellissimi bassorilievi policromi realizzati in legno. Una bellissima raffigurazione della Madonna accoglie i fedeli e i visitatori all' ingresso
AJIBOLA FABUNMI (4 years ago)
Am new in Ingolstadt ,and searching for church that I will be going ,I developed interest in this church and I will like to locate it and go there.
Arturo Iturriaga (4 years ago)
Biggest church in town, right in the middle of the city center. Would recommend this to anybody visiting Ingolstadt for the first time.
Avis Lee (6 years ago)
It's a biggest Church in Ingolstadt! When you go inside you will feel very peaceful!
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