20 June 2009

6:59

The Mariensäule - the column of the Virgin Mary in Marienplatz - stands before the tower of Peterskirche, known locally as Alte Peter. St Peter's is the oldest parish church in Munich. There is evidence that this was a religious site as far back as the 8th century. The current church dates from the 13th century, but has been remodelled and rebuilt many times since.

The church was so badly damaged during the Second World War that the initial plan was to demolish the fragments of the building that remained standing. However, a campaign to save the church succeeded and the exterior reconstruction was completed 1954. The restoration of the interior was not completed until 2000.

The railings surrounding the tower that can been seen in this picture mark the walkway that is accessible by climbing around 300 steps (the precise number seems to be a matter of disagreement). Thanks to enlightened planning laws that have banished tower blocks and skyscrapers to the far suburbs the views over the city and beyond to the Alps in the South are superb.

3 comments:

Hilda said...

Fantastic gold statue and wonderful details! Beautiful morning light too.

olli said...

Thanks Hilda. This is the statue of Mary in the central square in Munich with the tower of St Ptere's Church behind. You can climb 300 steps to the top and view the city from the fenced walkway.

This was actually 6.59 in the evening - one of those very rare Munich days with this fantastic light.

m_m said...

Awesome angle! I am impressed! Thanks for this photo!

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