<!-- Deleted image removed: -->Marienplatz
: Mary's Square, i.e. St. Mary, Our Lady
's Square) is a central square
in the city center of Munich
In the Middle Ages
markets and tournaments were held in this city square.Marienplatz was named after the Mariensäule, a Marian column
erected in its centre in 1638 to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation. Today the Marienplatz is dominated by the New City Hall
(Neues Rathaus) on the north side. The Glockenspiel
in the tower of the new city hall was inspired by these tournaments, and draws millions of tourists a year. At the east side Munich's Old City Hall
(Altes Rathaus) is located. It's a gothic
council hall and ballroom and tower, which have been reconstructed.
The pedestrian zone between Karlsplatz
and Marienplatz is a crowded area with numerous shops and restaurants.
The Marienplatz S-Bahn
station, an important transportation hub, is located below the square.
is a Marian column
located on the Marienplatz in Munich
. It was erected in 1638 to celebrate the end of Swedish
occupation during the Thirty Years' War
and is topped by a golden statue
of the Virgin Mary
standing on a crescent moon as the Queen of Heaven
, created in 1590. The figure was originally located in the Frauenkirche
in Munich was the first column of this type built north of the Alps
and inspired erecting other Marian columns in this part of Europe.
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