One of Europe's largest Renaissance churches also played an outsize role in its history

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St. Michael's Church

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Finished in 1597, the Renaissance Michalskirche was key in German and European history as a spiritual centre of the Catholic Counter-Reformation, which changed the course of the continent's history. The blue-and-white façade is especially notable, with its adornments and allegories touting the triumph of Catholicism (of which Bavaria remained a bastion) over Protestantism, such as the most popular image, St. Michael battling a dragon. The interior continues the same theme, and in addition houses a number of tombs of Bavaria's Wittelsbach royal dynasty. The church also holds the distinction of being the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps.

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