"VICTORY ARCH" … or "SIEGESTOR"

I admit it is not easy in wake of the ongoing terrible occurences to focus on sightseeing or beautiful spots of Munich – as may dear friends do elaborately relate to them though, I decided to at least make an attempt to introduce another sightseeing-spot of Munich – the “Siegestor” or “Victory Arch”!

It represents one end of Ludwigsstrasse, being the entree from the north of the city and on top the architectonic highlight to the forum of the university.

Contrary to what the name may suggest, there is NO bellicose spirit nor intention behind it, rather a timeless and antique-like idealism coupled with formidable city-planing!

The “Constantin Arch” in Rome was the antique example and acted as “godfather” for the three-arched triumph-gate which was built as monument for the Bavarian army from close to two centuries ago! The top is crowned by “Patrona Bavaria” in a chariot with four lions (quadriga) looking to the north and welcoming the homecoming soldiers from back then …
It is decorated with a relief of war scenes with allegories of Bavarian provinces.

Friedrich von Gärtner started building the arch (1843-1853) but died soon and so one of his students completed it.

The “Siegestor” was badly damaged during WWII and only in 1972 fully restored.
It’s new inscription (1958) reads “DEDICATED TO VICTORY, DESTROYED BY WAR, CALLING FOR PEACE”

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