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Karlsplatz, named after the elector and prince of Bavaria, Charles Teodor (1724-1799), was created after the transformation of the elements of the former city fortifications in 1791. In the center of the square there is a large modern fountain built on a circular plan, around which city ice rinks are organized in winter. Adjacent to the square is Karlstor - the former city gate, one of the three preserved medieval gates of Munich.
Karlsplatz is locally called Stachus after the tavern Beim Stachus, which existed here until the 1970s, i.e. until the general reconstruction of the square, associated with the creation of a metro station and shopping center under its surface. After modernization in 2011, it is sometimes called a commercial roundabout because of its shape, which repeats the layout of the square.
One of the most interesting buildings in the Stachaus surroundings is Justizpalast, i.e. the Palace of Justice - a magnificent edifice from the end of the 19th century, one of the most characteristic buildings in Munich. This is where the action of the sensational novel Mario Puzo takes place. "Six graves to Munich".