Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Siegestor in Munich, Germany

I took this photo as we went to Munich last June 2007. I'm feeling like I was in Paris seeing the the Arc de Triomphe. We passed this way as we went to the U.S Embassy for my visa interview. Now I don't need to have a visitor's visa in going to the U.S. being a German citizen already. I just got my German citizenship last December 2007. Germany is already my new home and I really love it here!!

some info about Siegestor from Wikipedia..thanks for this info!!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siegestor

The Siegestor (en: Victory Gate) in Munich, is a three-arched triumphal arch crowned with a statue of Bavaria with a lion-quadriga, similar in style to the Arch of Constantine in Rome, the Marble Arch in London, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin. It is located between the university and the Ohmstraße, on the intersection of the Leopoldstraße and the Ludwigstraße. Therefore it divides the two Munich districts of Maxvorstadt and Schwabing.

The gate was commissioned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria, designed by Friedrich von Gärtner and completed in 1852. The quadriga was created by Martin Wagner. The gate was originally dedicated to the glory of the Bavarian army (dem bayerischen Heere zum Ruhme). Today the Siegestor is a monument and reminder to peace. After sustaining heavy damage in World War II, the gate was - similar to the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin - reconstructed and restored only partially. The inscription on the back side is by Wilhelm Hausenstein and reads Dem Sieg geweiht, vom Krieg zerstört, zum Frieden mahnend, which translates as "Dedicated to victory, destroyed by war, reminding of peace". In the last couple of years, the statues that remained were meticulously cleaned and restored.

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