Saturday, February 2, 2008

In the Company of Giants

Friends enjoy the sun on the façade of the Glyptothek museum, while Greek statues watch over them. The Glyptothek is one of hundreds of museums and galleries in Munich. It was commissioned by the Bavarian King Ludwig I to house his collection of Greek and Roman sculptures. Architect Leo von Klenze proposed three different facades for the museum: Greek, Roman & Renaissance, but in the end chose Greek to match the collection, and it was constructed from 1816 to 1830. During WWII, the area around the museum – known as Konigsplatz, was used for Nazi rallies. Today, each summer the locals rally in a different way, as Konigsplatz transforms into one of Munich’s outdoor theatres.

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