Saturday, March 8, 2008

Germanic Amazon

The Bavaria Statue represents the patron saint of Bavaria, standing more than 60 feet above Theresienwiese where the annual Octoberfest is held. The statue weighs 87 tons, and at times you can climb the 66 stairs within the statue to see the view over Munich. Standing next to Bavaria is a lion, the symbol of Bavaria. Both were commissioned by the mad King Ludwig the II, who had an incredible impact on the Munich we know today. What caught my eye about this picture was how the two men appear to be approaching the statue as if to be crowned with the oak wreath. Today, the Teresienwiese is one of the few wide open (non-park) spaces within Munich.

1 comment:

Petra Voegtle said...

Hi Troy,
sorry to correct you but the madness you are referring to was not owned by Ludwig I but Ludwig II.