Peterskirche, Munich St. Peter’s Past Built on the same site where 8th century monks had established a monastery, Peterskirche was designed in the Romanesque style. The monks had called this area Peterbergl, or Peter’s Hill, so a similar name was given to the church. The mostly-wooden church stood for only 150 years before a fire totally destroyed the structure. During the next 40 years (1328-1368), the church was reconstructed, with many Gothic motifs added. The church stood in its Romanesque/Gothic splendor for the next three centuries, only to have a Renaissance steeple added during the 17th century. Shortly after that, a Baroque choir was added at Peterskirche, further changing the integrity of the style of the church. Just a century or so later, it was completely reconstructed again – this time in an elaborate Rococo style! Near the end of World War II, the church was almost completely destroyed once again. But so dear to the hearts of Munich residents was St. Peter’s that its reconstruction began once again shortly after the end of the war, and was finally completed to everyone’s satisfaction – inside and out – in the year 2000.turkeyarena.com Over the years, a number of great German masters have contributed works of art to be displayed inside Peterskirche and many have been saved. You may find sculpture by 15th century artist Erasmus Grasser and paintings by Johann Baptiste Zimmerman inside the ornate interior. Visiting the Church A tour of Peterskirche is a must for visitors to Munich. Many guests immediately congregate at the second chapel on the left, where you’ll find the eerie skeletal remains of St. Mundita. The skeleton itself is gilded in gold and covered with precious stones. Jewels adorn its rotted teeth and two false eyes stare out at visitors. Very macabre but quite an attraction! Viewing Platform The church also has a wonderfully tall steeple which you can climb to reach a viewing platform. It’s a great place to snap photos of Munich on a clear day. If you’re up for the climb, when you reach the lower platform, color-coded flags will let you know whether or not it’s worth it to complete the climb to the top. For example, a white flag means visibility is at its best and you may be able to see all the way to the Alps.