15 February 2009


Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche in the district of Fröttmaning is the oldest church in Munich. Records of a church on this site go back to 815 though most of the church dates from the 13th century.

Unfortunately, the community the church once served is long gone, demolished to make way for the A9 and A99 motorways which intersect nearby. The church only just survived since the original plan also envisaged its demolition.

The church was also threatened by the creation of a landfill site for the city's rubbish. This rubbish mountain now dominates the church. Fortunately, it has now been landscaped, though everywhere there are signs warning visitors not to light matches because of the presence of gas. Having created this small mountain the city decided to make some use of it by positioning a giant wind turbine on top of it.

Also nearby is a replica of the church which is disappearing into the mountain. This is a piece of public art created by Timm Ulrichs in 2004. Entitled 'Sunken Village' the work symbolises the loss of the local community and the continuing threat to the church from urban development.

Unfortunately, the church's isolated location mean that it is only rarely open but it is still worth visiting. Take U6 to Fröttmaning, head towards the Allianz Arena and then take the bridge across the A9 towards the wind turbine.

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