Overlooking much of downtown Munich is the Angel of Peace, sitting almost 120 feet above the banks of the Isar River. The bright gold sculpture (especially on sunny days) is meant to commemorate the 25 years of peace following the Treaty of Versailles in 1871, which led to peace between France and Germany at the time. The statue portrays Athena, goddess of wisdom and peace; but also goddess of strategic war, as she holds Nike in her hand, the goddess of victory. Today, many people pass by the moment without even noticing as the Prinzregenten Strasse is marred with traffic throughout the day. Perhaps the saving grace is that on either side of the statue, you have the parklands that line the Isar River going for miles and miles.