Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Gateway to Italy
The Sendlinger Gate, one of the three remaining gates in Munich, once led to the lucrative trade route to Italy. The oldest of the remaining gates, was first mentioned in 1318, and represented the outer city wall. Once, the gate supported a main tower in the middle, which was destroyed at the beginning of the 19th century, but two hexagonal side towers and walls were restored in 1850. Another substantial change was the removal of three arches and creation of one large arch – which was made in 1906. Some around Munich, argue that there is a fourth gate – which is the Siegestor (or Victory) gate, which is at the intersection of Leopod and Ludwig Strasse, and seperates Schwabing with Maxvorstadt. Despite its likeness to the other three (Isartor, Karlstor, and Sendlinger), it is the only one that did not represent the original city walls.