HALSBACH, Jörg von
(d. 1488, München)

Interior view

Frauenkirche, Munich

Munich, together with Ingolstadt, Landshut, and Straubing, was one of the four courts of the Wittelsbach dynasty. Large hall churches were built in all four towns from the end of the 14th century, particularly during the 15th century. The last of these churches is the Frauenkirche in Munich, the largest church building of its day anywhere in Europe, and one of the most advanced in style.

The vast interior of the church is impressive. Modern forms were employed, which means the absence of apparent complexity. The exception is the vault, though here the vault does not determine the space. The architect, Jörg von Halspach (died 1488), succeeded in flooding the space with light while at the same time hiding the light sources: the windows are hidden in the niches where the chapels are located and are also blocked by the wide columns of the nave.

Far from being monotonous, this building is a prime example of the creativity Gothic architecture achieved in Germany.

The picture shows the aisle vault.

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