Before the foundation of Munich as a city in 1158, there had been a pre-Merovingian church on this site. 8th century monks lived around this church on a hill called Petersbergl. At the end of the 12th century a new church in the Bavarian Romanesque style was consecrated, and expanded in Gothic style shortly before the great fire in 1327, which destroyed the building. After its reconstruction the church was dedicated anew in 1368. In the early 17th century the 92 meter spire received its Renaissance steeple top and a new Baroque choir was added.
The interior is dominated by the high altar to which Erasmus Grasser contributed the figure of Saint Peter. Among other masterpieces of all periods are five Gothic paintings by Jan Polack and several altars by Ignaz Günther. The ceiling fresco by Johann Baptist Zimmermann (1753–1756) was re-created in 1999-2000.
The parish church of Saint Peter, whose tower is commonly known as "Alter Peter" - Old Peter - and which is emblematic of Munich, is the oldest recorded parish church in Munich and presumably the originating point for the whole city.
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photoray (12207) 2013-11-10 15:58
Fine bird's eye twilight view of Munich from Peters Kirche, the red roof tops fading into the skyline with dramatic sunset.
divail (8330) 2013-11-10 17:40
La lumière est très belle sur les toits rouges de la ville. Beau format vertical où on admire une belle formation de nuages.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2013-11-11 1:05
You have taken a very eye-catching photo. I love the red colours throughout this image accentuated by the dramatic sunset. Good exposure of the foreground considering that it is in shade. Small critique: The horizon to me seems to be sloping slightly up to the right. If it is not a natural slope it may need some correction. However, a great image as it stands.