Monday, 28 October 2013

Munich - last day

Nymphenburg Palace
I must quickly finish the story of Munich because on Friday I am going to Frankfurt and I have to prepare something about Frankfurt. In Munich we left a lot things to see. Unfortunately we didn't have more time. For the last day, we chose Nymphenburg Palace. It's like the Munich Versailles or Schönbrunn.
Nymphenburg Palace was built as a summer residence for one of Bavaria's electors. It's must see for those who enjoy viewing the the lifestyles of the aristocracy. The Nymphenburg Palace was commissioned in 1664 by Elector Ferdinand Maria, to celebrate the birth of his son, Maximilian Emanuel. The palace didn't maintain its original state for long. All Wittelsbach rulers had their hand in changing or adding to the palace. Max Emanuel, the young man for whom the castle was built, was the first to make additions, in the year 1700. He added galleries and pavilions, extending the sides of the Nymphenburg Palace.

Visitors to Nymphenburg Palace can still view some rooms decorated in their original Baroque style. The Nymphenburg palace is set in a large nicely laid out park. Originally it was a small garden, but during the 17th century it was expanded and redesigned as a formal French garden by Charles Carbonet who had worked for André Le Nôtre (designer of the gardens at the Versailles Palace in Paris). In the second half of the 18th century the garden was transformed in a landscape garden.

After the castle we continued casual stroll along the city to the Military Commanders Hall or The stately Feldherrnhalle. Once it was the site of a historic clash between Hitler followers and the Bavarian government. Built as a tribute to the Bavarian army that fought in the Franco-Prussian War, the 20 meter high structure features bronze statues of some of the most revered generals of Bavaria, Count von Tilly and Marshall Wrede. Two lions grace the steps.

St. Cajetan's Dhurch
St. Cajetan's Dhurch
Near Felderrnhalle is Theatinerkirche or St. Cajetan's Church . Everything about the church exudes Italian splendor designed in the high-baroque style. Theatinerkirche's architect was the Italian Agostino Barelli. In 1674 Barelli was replaced by another Italian, Enrico Zucalli, who was the individual responsible for completing the church's magnificent 71 meter high dome and for adding two 70 meter high towers. A number of members of the Wittelsbach family are buried inside Theatinekirche.

And finally walking through the long Ludwigstrasse we arrived to Siegestor or Victory Gate. Every city has its Arch d 'Triophe. Built in the mid-19th century, Munich's Siegestor has come to serve as a symbol for peace.

I'm finishing story here although I have much more to say but I'll leave it for the next time. Munich deserves a lot more than four or five days, and of course when we are first time in a certain town we always want to see, visit and less to experience, but each city is important to experience.I realized it recently when I was in London.

Goodbye Munich, see you soon!
Photos by: ilovetravels

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