I found this awesome panorama from Munich that I have to share with you. It was taken from an old church tower. I don’t remember the exact history of the church. I do know it was destroyed in WWII then was rebuilt afterwards to the exact way it was. Even the cannon balls wedged in the walls from another war were placed back in the walls. Now that’s paying attention to detail! At the base of the church are a bunch of tombstones adhered to the walls. These came from a graveyard adjacent to the church destroyed during, you guessed it, WWII. The locals had no idea what tombstone went to what grave so they placed them on the walls of the church in memory of the dead.
The image looks over the Marienplatz that hosts a bounty of shops and cafes. The old looking building is the New City Hall built in the early 1900′s. The city hall is part of the lucky 10%-20% of Munich that wasn’t destroyed during WWII. A part of new city hall is the Glockenspiel Clock Tower. The clock has two tiers of life sized figures that tell two different stories. One telling about the marriage between Duke Wilhelm V and Renata of Lorraine (who they are, I have no idea). The other telling the story of copper’s dance that is to memorialize the plague. Honestly, if you are visiting Munich you should check this show out once. To warn you though, this show is the most disappointing tourist attraction in all of Europe. I almost fell asleep standing up, no joke!
Another cool building is the massive cathedral you see in the back. This is where Pope Benedict gave mass when he was a cardinal. Did you know he has a barrel of his favorite beer sent to the Vatican every month. That beer is Edelstoff, from Munich’s oldest brewer, Augustiner. I wasn’t a huge fan of it, but Augustiner does make some good braus.
I could talk more and more about the history in this photo but I don’t want to put you to sleep. Munich is a fantastic city with a rich history dating back to 1158.http://www.adamolsonphotography.com/the-glockenspiel/