Monday, September 8, 2008

Italian Renaissance in Munich

Modeled after the Loggia die Lanzi in Florence, the Feldherrnhalle or Field Marshal‘s Hall is the most prominent structure in Munich’s Odeonsplatz and brings a bit of Italian renaissance to Bavaria. The monument was commissioned by King Ludwig I to honor the Bavarian army, but today it is best known for its role during the Beer Hall Uprising led by Adolf Hitler. 16 Nazis and four policemen were killed during the subsequent riots, and once the Nazis came to power, Odeonsplatz became a shrine to the fallen Nazi “martyrs.” All passers-by were required on threat of arrest to greet the honor guard with a Nazi salute. A small alley way behind the monument became almost as famous, called Viscardigasse, for all the locals who took the passage rather than being forced to give the Nazi salute. Today, Odeonsplatz is one of the cosmopolitan centers of Munich, at the intersection of Ludwigstrasse, Briennerstrasse, and the Royal Palace.

2 comments:

Ilse said...

I love your blog. I read everyday. I lived in Munich from the late 80' to early 90's. You really capture something of this womderful city. If I won the lottery I would move back to Munich in a heartbeat. I have sent your blog information to other ex-pats who have returned to the States but still think of our days in Munich.

Jackie said...

My brother-in-law's grandparents couldn't walk through this area for years afterwards because of the connotations with Hitler.