From one form of power to the next…this image captures two of the driving forces of Bavaria – Parliament and the Isar River that runs through downtown Munich. Both define everyday life in Munich. The Maximilianeum, was originally built as a home for gifted students back in 1874, but since 1949 has been the seat of Bavarian parliament. Apparently it houses a unique combination in Germany with both the parliament and senate in the same building. King Maximilian started the building project at the end of the street in his name, one of the “royal avenues” of Munich. The building gives an impression of great distance from the city, due to its site on a rise on the far bank of the river Isar, yet it stands only a five minute walk from the Altstadt or old city. Surrounded by the parkland along the Isar, it makes for a great escape from the city. Thank you guest photographer.