Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Place of Peace

A few weeks ago I shared with you a photo of one of the monks from St. Anne’s Church in the neighborhood of Lehel. I found myself back there recently, and I have to say it’s one of the most relaxing centers of Munich. Where the church meets the main road (which is an overstatement, as it’s barely one lane each direction), you have a mix of cafes and restaurants and people coming about. However, you can find a seat next to the church and chill there all day. There are kids playing in the plaza. People riding their bikes through the neighborhood. And friends chatting over a coffee. I came across this interesting sculpture just outside the cloisters, which are across the street from the church. I looked all over for a plaque explaining who it was dedicated to, but there was no description. Like the monks who find themselves in anonymous prayer, this monk stature was meant to represent the many monks who have made St. Anne’s their home. The Cloister was built in 1727, and like the church was destroyed during WWII. For the church, only the façade remained standing. Both were rebuilt in the early 50s, and renovated once since then. Stop by some time when you get the chance.

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