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Italian-German connection in Munich

Published May 20, 2022
Updated Oct 27, 2022

📍🇩🇪 On the Italian-German connection in Munich

Strange feeling on Odeonsplatz. On the left, in our picture, a beautiful loggia with mighty lions on the front, the Feldherrnhalle, erected in the middle of the 19th century on the model of a square in Florence (Loggia dei Lanzi). Next to it, an older church, from the end of the 17th century, the Theatine church - a baroque building with a rococo facade in "Mediterranean yellow", we are told at the entrance.

Sit on one of the benches at the corner opposite the two buildings, and you will see the opposition of styles: a classic desire for power and sovereignty on the left, which tries its hand at restraint in color and form (yet with these small twists in the capitals, at the top of the columns - more Venice / Orient than Florence there..); on the right, a sort of large mango sorbet-colored meringue that seeks to capture Mediterranean vibes without really succeeding. The decorations of the church towers in the form of snails striated like a watermill on a river do not have the Corinthian dignity of the loggia, nor the measure.

Remember also that this is where the attempted Nazi putsch of November 8-9, 1923 took place. A minor event then, also inspired by Italy - Mussolini's march on Rome. But here again: what is valid in Rome is not necessarily valid in Munich. 16 militants killed. Hitler imprisoned. Not for long alas..

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