Friday, July 18, 2014

Marienplatz, Munich - Germany

These are two wonderful cards of the famous Marienplatz in Munich, Germany. The 1st card was sent just a few days ago by Hannes but i've got the 2nd a few years ago, 2007, after a trade with Yukiko. 

Marienplatz is a central square in the city centre of Munich. It has been the city's main square since 1158.

 © Schöning GmbH & Co. KG 
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.

© Fotoverlag HUBER
Just around the corner is Frauenkirche, a real piece of medieval architecture and a very dominant one. The church towers are widely visible because of local height limits. According to the narrow outcome of a local plebiscite, city administration prohibits buildings with a height exceeding 99 m in the city center. Since November 2004, this prohibition has been provisionally extended outward and as a result, no buildings may be built in the city over the aforementioned height. The south tower is open to those wishing to climb the stairs and offers a unique view of Munich and the nearby Alps. - in: wikipedia

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