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Size: 5" x 3"
Copyrighted: 1891
Lithographer: Joseph P. Knapp

Munich, Bavaria - Crystal Palace; Isar Thor; Royal Theatre; Max Place
Illustrations: Bavarian Girl; Crystal Palace; View of Munich; Isar Thor; A Peasant; Royal Theatre; Max Place

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This city lies on perfectly level ground, seemingly on first approach, in the midst of meadows and marshes without order or picturesqueness. One object, however, soon arouses interest--the Rumeshalle Hall of Fame, dedicated to various Bavarian celebrities. In front of it stands the famous Bavaria, a statue 61 feet high, on a pedestal of 28 feet, making a total of 90 feet. A wreath in her left hand and a sword in her right, indicate the patriotic principle of the people in their devotion to military prowess and intellectual glory. On the interior of the figure is a stairway leading to the head, within which are seats for eight persons. From this point a fine view is had of the entire city.
As a town, Munich had its origin in 1158, upon the banks of the Isar in a barren plain. It is the seat of government and the residence of the Court. Its squares and monuments are prominent features. Max-Joseph-Platz is formed by the Royal Palace, (the Residenz), the Theatre Royal, the Post Office, and the Residenzstrasse. In the centre is the colossal statue of Maximillian Joseph I., designed by Rauch. In the Odeon-Platz is a fine equestrian statue of King Louis I., to whom the city owes much of its present importance. The Munich school of painting and art is of such importance as to make it even a rival of Paris. To which of these two cities posterity will award the palm, is an open question.
The Ludwigstrasse is the finest street in Munich. In it, among other buildings of note, are the Ministry of War, the Royal Library, and the Louis's Church, also the University. The Theatre Royal is the largest in Germany, accommodating 2,500 spectators.
The wall with which Munich was formerly surrounded has been pulled down, but some of the gates have been left standing. The most interesting of these is the Isar Thor, restored in 1835 and adorned with modern frescos.
Population 1886, 261,981.