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"Remnant of History"

The Mariensäule was built in 1638 to fulfill an oath made by the Elector Maximilian I after Munich was occupied by the Swedes under Gustav Adolf during the Thirty Years' War. On the pedestal you can see the baroque symbols for war (lions), hunger (dragons), disbelief (snakes) and the plague (basilisk) being fought (and defeated) by small cherubs. The twelve-metre-high Corinthian column is crowned by 'The Virgin Mary on the Crescent Moon' (late Gothic with Renaissance influences). Originally created in 1593 by Hubert Gerhard for the grave of Duke Wilhelm V, the Virgin Mary symbolizes the Queen of Heaven (with a scepter and crown). The Infant Jesus is depicted holding the imperial orb in his hand.
Marienplatz, Alstadt-Lehel, Munich, Germany, 80331
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"Remnant of History"
The Mariensäule was built in 1638 to fulfill an oath made by the Elector Maximilian I after Munich was occupied by the Swedes under Gustav Adolf during the Thirty Years' War. On the pedestal you can see the baroque symbols for war (lions), hunger (dragons), disbelief (snakes) and the plague (basilisk) being fought (and defeated) by small cherubs. The twelve-metre-high Corinthian column is crowned by 'The Virgin Mary on the Crescent Moon' (late Gothic with Renaissance influences). Originally created in 1593 by Hubert Gerhard for the grave of Duke Wilhelm V, the Virgin Mary symbolizes the Queen of Heaven (with a scepter and crown). The Infant Jesus is depicted holding the imperial orb in his hand.
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