Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Marienplatz Munich

For this week "My World Tuesday, I will show you some photos of mine from The Marienplatz Munich and Munich City Hall

According some online information:
"In the Middle Ages markets and tournaments were held in this city square. Marienplatz was named after the Mariensäule, a Marian column erected in its centre in 1638 to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation. Today the Marienplatz is dominated by the New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) on the north side. The Glockenspiel in the tower of the new city hall was inspired by these tournaments, and draws millions of tourists a year. At the east side Munich's Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus) is located. It's a gothic council hall and ballroom and tower, which have been reconstructed."
The pedestrian zone around the Marienplatz is a crowded area with numerous shops and restaurants.
I love the beautiful flowers decoratied the windows...
Click to enlarge picture to view the details of the front façade above the main entrance.

The central tower has a clock that - there are some dancing figures twice a day. I was lucky enough to see them, morning 11am and 5pm again in the afternoon.

The town hall’s tower harbors the world famous carillon, which has existed since 1908. The figures of the carillon show parts of Munich’s history. A joust is displayed in the upper part which was arranged for the marriage of duke Wilhelm V. and Renata of Lothringen.
The lower part of the carillon shows a famous dance of Munich, the “Schäfflertanz”. It was arranged at the time of the plague (1515-1517) and has since been traditionally performed every 7th year in Munich.

"Munich, historic City Hall, the Carillon placed in a Copper Frame Oriel at the 56 m high Centre Tower of the old City Hall played for the first Time in 1908, since 2007 it is Solar powered ; consist of 43 Bells which are playing daily twice...
East of Marienplatz is the Munich's old City Hall, the Altes Rathaus. Originally built at the end of the 15th century, and was rebuilt after World War II, thus the building of the Old Town Hall is actually newer than the New Town Hall.  You can see the Altes Rathaus' tower In the picture, which used to be a city gate, and today houses a toy museum.

1 comment:

Paulie said...

Thanks for the tour I probably won't ever get to make in person. I am enjoying each photo you share!