Religion: Modern St. Matthew's

Back in 1938, Adolf Hitler decided to broaden Munich's Sonnenstrasse as a parade ground for his brown-shirted heroes. Smack in the center of the avenue was the Lutherans' 106-year-old St. Matthew's

Church. Hitler solved the problem with a wrecking crew and bulldozer.

Last week Munich was getting a new church to replace the old Neo-Renaissance building, but it was not the kind most churchgoers expected. For their design, the Lutherans had turned to Architect Gustav Gsaenger, 53, asked him for something that would cost no more than to rebuild the old church, yet would hold twice as large a congregation. Architect Gsaenger's proposal:...

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