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Garmisch and Partenkirchen were separate towns for many centuries, and still maintain quite separate identities. Partenkirchen originated as the Roman town of Partanum on the trade route from Venice to Augsburg and is first mentioned in the year A.D. 15. Its main street, Ludwigsstrasse, follows the original Roman road. Garmisch is first mentioned some 800 years later as Germaneskau ("German District"), suggesting that at some point a Teutonic tribe took up settlement in the western end of the valley.

Garmisch and Partenkirchen remained separate until their respective mayors were forced by Adolf Hitler to combine the two market towns in 1935 in anticipation of the 1936 Winter Olympic games. Today, the united town is casually (but incorrectly) referred to as Garmisch, much to the dismay of Partenkirchen's residents. Most visitors will notice the slightly more modern feel of Garmisch while the fresco-filled, cobblestoned streets of Partenkirchen offer a glimpse into times past. Early mornings and late afternoons in pleasant weather often find local traffic stopped while the dairy cows are herded to and from the nearby mountain meadows.

My picture, the Pfarrkirche in Partenkirchen, came into being in 1868. There was a church on this site for many years, but a market fire burned the chuch down and in 1868 new church construction was begun. In 1871 the Archbishop from Munich, Gregor von Scherr dedicated this new church shown here. Since that time there have been many renovations and additions made to this church. Many people visit Garmisch, but not so many visit Partenkirchen. Great place.

My friends tell me I have the wrong church, so I will try and find out which one this really is. My apologies for my error. I guess I can say wrong church but right pew, i.e. I meant well.

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