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Local name: Marienplatz

The central square of the city, surrounded by the most valuable and oldest architectural monuments, including the impressive edifice of the New Town Hall and St. Mary's Cathedral. The square was marked out in the 12th century, and its current name has been given since 1807, when it was given a name in gratitude to Saint Mary for being able to save the city from the cholera epidemic.

In honor of the Mother of God, so-called Marian column (German: Mariensäule) commemorating the end of the Swedish invasion. At the base of the column are four Cherubs - symbolic images of the defeat of war and famine, heresy and plagues. The golden statue crowning the column from 1590 is the work of Hubert Gerhard. On St. Mary's Square there are many interesting small architecture objects, including fish fountain by Konrad Knoll. The mechanism of the town hall clock consists of 43 bells and 32 puppets, thanks to which you can watch a staging of the life of the 16th-century Munich at designated times.

Formerly Marienplatz was a place to organize numerous fairs - now it is a shopping promenade visited by crowds of Munich and tourists. There are many shops, cafes and beer gardens around the square. Every year, a few days before Christmas, the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) takes place here - one of the largest events of this type in the world.


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Marienplatz 180331 Munich , Germany