Germany - Munich

 

 

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These are pictures of  a few locations in Germany that was visited.  Many well known landmarks are known to have unexplained phenomena    [2004] 

 EMF results:  N/A
 EVP results:  N/A
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 Overview:  Wonderful place to visit!   *needs more*

 Pictures taken by Darren (MRIPA) 

The Marienplatz is the heart of the city of Munich. In the Middle Ages, the square used to be a market place as well as the place where tournaments and festivities took place. The market has been moved during the 19th century, but it still functions as the central place in Munich.

At 11, 12 and 17 o'clock each day, visitors can watch the famous Glockenspiel or carillon. The figures perform the Schläffertanz or "Cooper's Dance", which was originally performed in 1517 at the Marienplatz to commemorate the end of the plague. On top of the dancers, figures compete in a tournament, which was originally held in 1568 at the wedding of Wilhelm II and Renata von Lothringen in 1568. The Glockenspiel has existed since 1903, but the original clocks have been replaced and the music now comes from tape.

The Munich Residenz. The Residenz is a marvel of European Palace architecture dating from the Renaissance and the Treasury contains superb artifacts, many dating from Byzantine times. The Residenz originated as a small castle that was built in 1385 and was gradually expanded by the Wittelsbach rulers who used it until 1918 as their residence and seat of government. Inside are the Antiquarium (Hall of Antiquities), The Reiche Kapelle (Ornate Chapel), The Steinzimmer (Stone Rooms) and other very interesting and old locations. Also on display are special collections of 18th century silver and porcelain from Asia and 16th century miniatures from Europe

The Alte Pinakothek. Next to The Residenz is The Alte Pinakothek (National Theater or Opera House). The Alte Pinakothek houses an outstanding collection of 14-18th century Old Master paintings. The Alte Pinakothek was also build by the Wittelsbach dynasty who ruled here in here for more than 800 years and until 1918 many of the city’s most notable monuments owed their construction to their patronage.

Maximillian Street with a view of the Maximilianeum (seat of Bavarian governance) in the distance. The Maximilianeum was constructed by Friedrich Bürklein between 1857 and 1874. It is the monumental conclusion set of the Maximilianstraße and spans over Maximilianbrücke Formerly Maximilianeum had been the residence of the foundation for gifted students and student`s hostel. Since 1949 it plays host to the

The spires of the Theatinerkirche (Theatiner Church)

Max-Joseph-Platz (Max Joseph Square) lies between Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz and is enclosed on its north side by the Residenz. Max-Joseph-Platz was badly damaged in a night of bombing on April 24-25 1944, but since then the buildings around Max-Joseph-Platz have all since been restored. Max Joseph Wagenbauer served in the military as a royal artist in the early 1800's through the intercession of Johan Christian von Mannlich.

Passing the facade on Residenzstrasse there are lion heads near both sides of the gates. I watched these for about a half an hour. Every single person that passed, walking or riding bikes, stopped to rub their noses for good luck or to make a wish. Not one to pass up a chance to test something like this, I rubbed the lions nose. As you can see from the picture, all the rubbing has kept the lions shinny. Nothing I would classify as "good luck" happened while I was in Munich, but I can say that I didn't have any problems while I was there.

The Theatinerkirche (Theatiner Church) built in 1690. The church contains a crypt with tombs of the Prince and other members of the Wittelsbach family.

Apparently there is a large permanent Egyptian exhibit here. Unfortunately I could never get to downtown Munich before the museum closed the whole week I was here. Next trip I will make arrangements in advance and make sure I make it.

The back of The Munich Residenz facing the Hofgarten (Court Garden). The Hofgarten is surrounded with arcades containing frescoes of Greek landscapes.

The back of The Munich Residenz. An Egyptian obelisk on the Hofgarten near the Museum of Egyptian Art.

Karlstor (Karls gate). This gate was part of a large 14th century city wall which replaced the smaller city wall from the 12th century. The city wall was destroyed at around 1800, and the Karlstor became the center of a new square, Karlsplatz

The street connecting the Karlstor with the Marienplatz

Karlsplatz with Karlstor (Karls gate) in the background. The two buildings were built next to the Karlstor, forming a symmetrical halve circle, symbolizing the opening of the city towards the outside. The Karlstor, which used to be just one tower of a large tower complex is now the gate to the main pedestrian zone in Munich.

Arc the triumph. This is the New City Gate. After the heavy bombing of the Second World War, the opportunity was taken to build a new gate further out of the city than the first. The translation is: "honored for victory, destroyed by war, warning for freedom"

The English Garden in Munich is a large park which stretches alongside the river Isar from almost the center to the northernmost corner of the city. The park covers 3.73 square kilometers which makes it the largest city park in Europe and larger than New York's Central Park (Central park would be 3.4 square kilometers). The English Garden was created in 1789 by the British physicist Sir Benjamin Thompson, the count of Rumford. Many will tell you that Sir Benjamin was American. While he was born in Woburn, Massachussetts, he was actually British and spent most of his life in London. Sir Benjamin was primarily a physicist but also worked as a government administrator. There are literally thousands of people here at any one time. In 2003 there was a record of 3.5 million visitors and the local authorities are looking at ways to control the influx of people.

A piece of the Berlin wall on display in The English Garden in Munich

A piece of the Berlin wall on display in The English Garden in Munich

I haven't been able to determine what this is yet. There are no plaques or inscriptions.

Another picture of the Egyptian obelisk on the Hofgarten near the Museum of Egyptian Art.

Another picture of the Egyptian obelisk on the Hofgartenstrasse near the Museum of Egyptian Art. I spoke to several people sitting near it. They had no idea the "column" they were eating their dinner next to, was over 3000 years old. In this picture you can see the backside of the Residence and view of Theatiener church.

Obelisk Karolinen square. Originally planned in 1818 as an army monument by court-architect Klenze for Munich's Odeon Place and was to be made from captured bronze, this obelisk was erected in 1833 on Karolinen Place in commemoration of the Bavarian soldiers who had perished in the 1812 campaign in Russia.

This monument is 29 meters high and constructed out of bronze-plates over brick-stone. The metal was obtained from guns of Turkish battle-ships sunk in the Battle of Navarino/Greece on October 20th, 1827. At the foot the obelisk has an inscription which translates to:



For the thirty thousand Bavarians who in the Russian war met with death.

They also died for the fatherland's liberation.

Erected by Ludwig I. King of Bavaria

Completed on October 18th 1833

While the people today recognize this monument as the obelisk, few have an idea of what it stands for, unless they come close and read the inscriptions.