St. Paulus (Perlach)

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St. Paul in winter

The Evangelical Lutheran parish church of St. Paulus in Munich 's Perlach district at Sebastian-Bauer-Straße 21 is the oldest surviving Protestant church in Munich and is a protected monument with the monument number D-1-62-000-6417 .


In 1816 Protestants moved from the small town of Edenkoben in the Palatinate to Perlach, where they campaigned for the establishment of a Protestant community. In 1817 the Protestant school and church community of Perlach was established. In the fall of 1819 it had 14 families, almost 100 people, including 18 school-age children. Protestant services had been held since May 11, 1834, initially in classrooms and private homes. There was a desire to set up a vicariate and a church of their own, or at least a house of prayer, but the funding was unclear. King Ludwig I approved a church building collection throughout Germany. The donations came from all parts of Bavaria and Germany and were quite high at over 9,029 guilders. So it was possible to finance the construction of a small church.

The architect Georg Friedrich Ziebland , himself a Protestant, was commissioned with a design. On December 5, 1846, he came to Perlach personally to inspect the building site. After construction began on May 11, 1848, the foundation stone was walled in under the altar on June 18. The roof structure was erected in August, but delays occurred in the substructure of the tower that prevented the building from being completed in 1848. The design of the interior by Ziebland was simple Protestant, only accents were set by the silver-gray painting of eleven vault ribs. The parish fair took place on September 9, 1849.

Soon after completion, the organ was moved to a gallery that was added later. This was initially only intended for the instrument and the organist, but was later expanded.

The substance of the church has essentially been preserved, despite several alterations to suit the taste of the time, some of which were far removed from Ziebland's design. The equipment was completely renewed and changed. In 2007 some interventions were reversed, but the original state could no longer be restored.


The patronage after the apostle Paul, who influenced Luther with his writings and shaped Protestantism, is typical of this denomination.

Architecture and equipment

Interior today

The church is a rectangular neo-Gothic hall building with a gable over the entrance front and a choir, the apse of which consists of five parts of an octagon. The exterior of the church is very simple, the side walls and the apse each have three Gothic windows.

The interior of the church is characterized by the pointed barrel vault. This area is structured by thin ribs that rest on small consoles. In the apse, too, the ridges are emphasized by ribs that are smaller here. The original interior was richly decorated with Gothic style elements, but after numerous changes to the interior, it is now very reserved and simple.

The former altarpiece has been hanging on the north wall since the interior was redesigned. It is a copy of the so-called Munich Crucifix by Peter Paul Rubens .

Renovation in 2016/2017

Condition before renovation 2016/17

In 2016/2017 the church roof and tower as well as the outer walls were completely renovated. The roof was re-shingled, the tower was fitted with new copper fittings and the plaster was removed from the walls. The bricks below were ground and designed in two colors.


Rectory next to it

The parsonage built next to the church in 1902 is also a protected monument and, with its architecture designed by Theodor Fischer , fits in well with the simple church.

See also: List of architectural monuments in Perlach


  • Georg Mooseder, Adolf Hackenberg (Ed.): 1200 years of Perlach: 790-1990. Origin and development history of a Munich district with the districts Perlach, Fasangarten, Michaeliburg, Waldperlach and Neuperlach. 2 volumes, Munich 1990/1992, Vol. 1: 956 pp. / Vol. 2: 336 S.
  • Evangelical Luth. Pfarramt St. Paulus (Ed.): 200 years of Protestants in Perlach 1816 - 2016, 2016, texts by M. Kammerloher and U. von Hase-Schmundt, without ISBN.

Web links

Commons : St. Paul (Perlach)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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Coordinates: 48 ° 5 '50.7 "  N , 11 ° 37' 45.8"  E