Munich, Germany


Marienplatz has been the central space in Munich since as early as 1158. The square is named after the Mariensaule, or Mary’s Column, which was erected at the center of the square to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation during the Thirty Years’ War in 1638. At its base are four statues representing adversities the city has had to overcome: war, pestilence, famine, and heresy. In fact, this type of column was the first of its kind installed north of the Alps and inspired many other Marian columns in this region of Europe. This column also marks kilometer zero in Munich, the point from which road distances are measured, despite the fact vehicles are prohibited from this area … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]


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