I was told recently by a close blood relative (a sibling, in fact, a female sibling, and not the one with my DNA) that she, quote, skims my posts when I talk about, quote, church stuff. I can only assume she is referring to my fascinating, detail-oriented approach to sacred architecture.
Anyway, seeing as I have about four readers total, I’m pretty sure, I will try to make my posts more interesting.
THIS one will be interesting, it is about the MARIENPLATZ!
Ta-da! The Marienplatz is the center of the old city, and the place to start if you come sightseeing. Here’s the Neue Rathaus. Built at the turn of the century, it is neo-Gothic (or Gothic Revival). It has a big glockenspiel that all the tourists stop to watch:
I actually took video of it, but it was so boring I won’t post. Basically they all move around in a circle while the bells play a tune, and at the end everybody claps.
It is a cool building though.
I love the doors.
And in the entrance, the emblems of all of Munich’s sister cities. Way to go Cincinatti! The inscription reads that on April 30, 1945, the US military freed Munich from Nazi tyranny.
The Marienplatz is named after this Marian column, or Mariensäule. The statue was originally in the Frauenkirche, but was moved out into the square in thanksgiving for the withdrawal of the Swedes — who invaded Munich during the 30 Years War. It was the first such column north of the Alps and it then became a popular custom in other places, too. (Freising also has one. I went there today — but I’m getting ahead of myself…)
I sometimes get funny old people stuck in my pictures. I kept this guy on purpose.
Also at the Marienplatz is the Alte Rathaus.
It’s under renovation, too. Bummer.
Here’s the back.
And there’s a walkway underneath, where a plaque commemorates:
This is where Goebbels gave the speech that incited Kristallnacht…
There are other pretty buildings around like this.
The Münchner-Kindl again.
I’ve seen a couple of these organ-grinders! It always reminds me of that one Shirley Temple movie where her sister/mother/pretty guardian meets the handsome guy and they fall in love thanks to Shirley’s adorable precocity.
There are lots of restaurants and tables set out on the Platz…
The other day I saw this whole table of Scottish guys in kilts! They were here for Oktoberfest…
Speaking of Oktoberfest, they sell this heart-shaped gingerbread things everywhere.
I like the little tourist shops around the Marienplatz a lot — so many miniatures!
I think I already posted these beer steins, but it can’t hurt!
I would totally buy one of these if they didn’t cost a million dollars. I would also buy:
and this! But alas, they are also all way too expensive.
But hey! My mom had these! I hope she didn’t pay €229 for them, when she came to Germany in 1982.
And to round off this super interesting post that no one would ever dream of skimming through:
It’s Felix! He’s so cute.