Shepherd Entertainment takes you on a tour to the Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady and other buildings in the area.
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Perhaps the most well known building of Munich is the twin-towered Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady in German, Frauenkirche. The towers with their typically rounded domes can be seen from nearly everywhere. The biggest medieval German Master Builder Jörg Ganghofer rebuilt the original Romanesque church into gothic style from 1468.
Around this time, almost all big construction projects lasted for decades. Here, it’s explained with a nice story. A big black footprint can be seen behind the main entrance. Legend has it that it was the devil’s footprint who couldn’t take the Master away until the building had been finished. However, same from our view point, the building still hasn’t been finished, with windows still missing, covered by a collonade.
The crypt of Bavarian Louis and that of Louis III who was the last of the Wittelsbach dynasty are located in the chapels. Germany’s largest hall church is 99 meters high. Those 46 wooden statues representing apostles and prophets which were originally leaning out of columns are exhibited in the sanctuary.
The works from the 15th century originate from Erasmus Grasser’s workshop. Also, the valuable stained glass windows could be protected against the bombing in Word War II. On the square in front of the church, a bronze model of the Munich downtown area can be found. This is a gesture aimed to help the blind and those with weak eyesight. The model helps even those who have good eyesight to find the way to the City Hall.
The New City Hall on the main square was built by 1:50 at the turn of the 18th to the 19th centuries. The huge neo-gothic palace has six inner courtyards. The statues at the lavishly decorated facade represent Bavarian Kings, Prince Electors and allegoric and legendary figures. And Europe’s fourth largest carillon, 43 bells play four different melodies.
One curiosity of the 85 meter high tower is the puppet show structure. At 11:00 each morning, the figures were called the tournament held of Prince Wilhelm the 5th’s wedding in -.
We can see court gestures and trumpeters and then jousting knights appear. After them, the representatives of the medieval craft guild stands and finally the 2:41 mingling with the noise of the city.
According to German tradition, there is beer seller in the City Hall and as the building is so big, there are even two. In the vaulted cellar of the -, there is live music in the afternoons but we can sit outside in the pleasant inner court yard where gothic gargoyles stare down at us.
The other set of restaurant is - which means “Carol on Café” and is also a cocktail bar with international flavors. In the middle of the square stands the Mariensäule or Marian Column directed to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation. Bert Gearhart made the 11 meter statues of red marble consisting of a charming Madonna is four allegoric figures.
The old City Hall closes the eastern end of Marienplatz. Going toward the - are site is attracted by two church towers. The history of the Holy Ghost and Peter’s Church leads back to the times when Munich was founded.
In 1158, Prince Henry the Lion established a bridgehead at the bank of the Isar River and this is considered the core of the city. The Prince collected taxes after the salt cargoes and these gave him a huge income. He established a mart and a market and on the former place of a small chapel, he had the Peter’s Tower built which is the oldest religious building of the city.
The Rosenthal Street was at some point a mote. The angular lion tower stands as a memory of the old city wall which has been built by the Prince bearing the same name. Rosenthal leads to the Victualian Mart, the vegetable market. Traditionally, the carnival season starts here at this market and the market women dressed in colorful clothes begin to dance to the music of wind instruments. The colorful bezel of the market is thrilling. Not only vegetables and fruits were sold here but flowers, meat, fish and baked goods. Pretzels and rolls are offered in small pavilions. Bavarian white sausages, labercase and ham hocks are baked; mugs of beer from one of the many Bavarian breweries can be had.
The spot light is on roasted meat and sausages but those on a diet can eat fish and salad or drink a glass of freshly pressed fruit juice. There is no light version of beer but for drivers, there are alcohol free varieties.
Regardless of what kind of beer we drink, we can buy a decorated mug in several varieties. Few tourists go home from here without buying a tin lidded ceramic stein decorated with colorful Bavarian motifs.
Of course, it’s also possible to buy meat here not just eat it. Bavarian butchers make not only brilliant sausages but also prepare meats splendidly for preparation at home.