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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