Marienplatz is the central point of Munich, in the heart of the old town. It is bordered by the Altes Rathaus (old town hall) and the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) in neo-Gothic style inspired by the city hall of Brussels in Gothic fifteenth century. The most emblematic building in the city is undoubtedly the Notre-Dame cathedral, or Frauenkirche, in red brick, with its two towers recognizable by their onion roof13. Not far from here are the old high places of political power, such as the Palace of the Residence, or the "food market" Viktualienmarkt.
South of the Residence, in front of the opera, begins Maximilianstraße, built in the nineteenth century as an outfit for military parades. Straddling Isar, it connects the old city with the eastern districts and the Maximilianeum, the seat of the Bavarian Parliament. Today, the avenue is lined with luxury shops.
North of the city center, directly in front of the Palace of the Residence, is Odeonsplatz (Odeon Square), with the Feldherrnhalle, and the Theatine Church (Theatinerkirche), which is in the Baroque style. rococo interior). To the west of the latter, another church, the Salvatorkirche, made of brick, Gothic style and erected in 1493, has been lent by the Catholic Church to the Greek Orthodox Church for several decades. To the north, the second largest avenue in Munich, the Ludwigstrasse continued by the Leopoldstrasse, leads to the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (University Louis-and-Maximilian) and the Siegestor triumphal arch (Victory Gate) to through Schwabing, the district of students and artists. © Photo of Emmanuel Buchot
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