Friedensengel

FRIEDENSENGEL: She’s grand, gold and there in the name of love. Munich’s Friedensengel (built 1895-1899) lords over the Lutipold Bridge at the eastern end of Prinzregenten Strasse. 
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SWOOSH: The Angel of Peace is based on the Greek god Nike.

The angel was built to mark the 1871 Treaty of Versailles ending the Franco-Prussian War, and as thanks to the Bavarian army for fighting on the Prussians’ side.

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The statue glides atop at 23m Corinthian column soaring above a classical fountain. She’s modelled on Nike, who’s not only a popular brand of sports shoe, but also a Greek goddess of some repute. The angel holds a statue of the goddess Pallas Athene in one hand and a “twig of peace” in the other. 

The Lutipold Bridge itself features four figures representing the various Bavarian tribes of Bavaria, Franconia, Swabia and the Palatinate.

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SITTING WATCH: Statues representing Bavaria's tribes guard the Lutipold Bridge, with the monument in the background.
















The Details

Location:
Prinzregenten Strasse
Directions:
Take U-Bahn 4 or 5 to Lehel. Then walk 5min east to Widenmayer Strasse. Then go north along the Isar River to the Lutipold Bridge and look to your right.

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