Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Through the Open Window

This photo was taken from the sixth floor of the brand new Charles Hotel in Munich. The city has a surprisingly low capacity of hotel rooms for the size of the city, so at several times of the year all hotels are completely booked. The Charles Hotel is on the high end with a 5 star rating. Overlooking the old Botanical Gardens, you can see the domed roof of the renaissance and neo-baroque Justizpalast or Palace of Justice, which was built in 1897. It is one of the best examples of late nineteenth century German art and structure. The building was damaged in WWII and although the exterior was rebuilt, the interior never recovered its original charm. I believe the brick building is the New Palace of Justice, which was built in 1908, and you can just catch a glimpse of the Frauenkirche.

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