NEUMANN, Balthasar
(b. 1687, Eger, Bohemia, d. 1753, Würzburg)

Interior view

Abbey church, Neresheim

In Neresheim, Neumann was able to realize his vision of a combined longitudinal and central plan - an architectural concept that spans the transition from late Baroque to early classicism. The starting point is a cruciform ground plan: on both east and west sides a pair of crossways-set domed and vaulted oval areas run into a space marked out by four free-standing pairs of columns delineating a round temple that separates two side areas. Longitudinal and circular structures are united.

The picture shows the interior of the abbey church.