on the opposite end of the konigsplatz from the proplaen is the fuehrerbau. this was adolf hitler's office in munich. this building was the site of the 1938 munich agreement between hitler, mussolini, and british prime minister chamberlain and france's daladier. this agreement ceded czechoslovakia to the german reich. today this building houses a music academy. the identical building across the street was the national socialist party headquarters from 1934 to 1945.
This is one of those unique items in Munich. Where else would you find a big square surrounded by perfectly built Greek temples? Well, here they are. Three monumental buildings: two beautiful museums and the Propyleos between both. In one side you find the pottery museum and in front you find the Glyptotheke -sculpture museum-.
The Antikensammlungen is devoted to ancient ceramic, bronze, precious stones, glass, etc. items from Greek and Rome. It has one of the finest collections of Greek vases in the world.
The Glyptotheke contains ancient sculptures from Greec and Rome, some of them very famous: the "Barberini faun", the Medusa Rondanini, the pediments of the Temple of Aegina, the Roman portraits, the boy with the goose, etc.
The large space of the Konigsplatz is dominated by the designs of Leo von Klenze (1816-48) supported by three kings. The structures include two museums of Greek and Roman antiquities and statuary plus a Triumphal Gate: the Glyptothek (northward) the Antikensammlungen (South) and the Propylaea (1846-52) on the east. The last of these inspired by the gate of the Acropolis.We visited the Glyptothek (See Tips) but did not have time for the pottery, passing it up for the Lenbachhaus nearby. The Gate is to admire only. This area and more is now called the Kunstareal and includes the Pinakotheks, other museums and private galleries
The Bavarian Kings were great admirers of ancient Greece culture, and this really shows in their building record. The best example is the impressive Königsplatz, a square framed by two museums, the Glyptothek (sculpture) and the Antikensammlung (antiquity collection) in the style of historic greek temples, and the Propyläen (a triumphal arch).
In the early 19th century the Bavarian Royal Family was related to the Greek Royal Family, so this square was designed in 1812 with the intention of bringing some Greek atmosphere to Bavaria.
During the Nazi dictatorship this square was used as a parade ground, and after the Second World War it served for over forty years as a parking lot (typical for that period!) before the lawns were finally re-planted in 1988.
In my first photo some people are enjoying the last rays of the afternoon sun on a bright October day in front of the Glyptothek, a museum of ancient sculpture.
Second photo: Cyclists on the Königsplatz in front of the Propyläen.
Third photo: The Propyläen from the other side.
Fourth photo: The Antiken-Sammlungen, a museum of artifacts from Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquity, across from the Glyptothek.
this large square in central munich was built by king ludwig I. the square is flanked by three classical greek buildings. at the west end of the square stands the proplaen, (pictured) it was inspired by the entrance to the acropolis in athens. on the north side of the square is the glypothek and on the south side of the square is the antikensammlungen. both of these buildings house museums. the glypothek has a collection of greek and roman sculpture and the antikensammlungen specializes in small works of ancient art. during the years of the third reich the konigsplatz was paved over and used for rallies and military parades.
the two over grown lots on each side of briennerstrasse are the sites of the nazi honor temples. these two identical buildings housed the remains of the sixteen nazi "martyrs" of the failed 1923 putsch. after the end of WWII these temples were demolished and the remains of the putschists were removed. to see before and after pictures of this site visit www.thirdreichruins.com
Huge square, once a parade ground now grass, really impressive buildings to gaze at if you don't happen to arrive in the middle of a thunder storm. Just setting up seating for a concert the next day - must be a great lace to watch.
One of the most impressive squares in Munich is the Königsplatz. It is surrounded by Greek style buildings on three sides. King Ludwig I. planned this square together with his architect Klenze.
Hitler misused it for his purposes later - the square looked a bit too impressive maybe ;) .... perfect for Nazi parades and such. Luckily the concrete they added was replaced by grass again after the war.
At the top of Königsplatz is the the Doric columned Propyläen, a monument built to King Ludwig I and which now stages the occasional rock concert. Interestingly, this square was once a major staging ground for Hitler to flaunt his military parades. For me, it was a good landmark to meet up with Richie and Doreen and a good place to seek shelter from a quick burst of rain that is seemingly very common in Munich. Flanking one side of the Propyläen, is the Glyptothek a museum housing King Ludwig's collection of statuary and ancient artifacts. Opposite the museum is the Staatliche Antikensammlungen ( State Antiquities Collection), although I didn't have time to go to visit either one.
Bavaria's King Ludwig I loved undertaking building projects on an Olympian scale. On this, the King's Square, Munich visitors are treated to an exposition of classic Greek architecture. This gateway, the Propylaen are styled like early Doric gates of ancient Athens. Look closely at the other 2 buildings nearby and see if you recognize their lines.
Koenigsplatz begins at the intersection of Luisenstrasse and Briennerstrasse.
Spacious and majestic, flanked by three neo-classic temples, this square has been nicknamed Athens-on-the-Isar. The structure, commissioned under Ludwig I (and his star-architect Leo von Klenze) to house several art museums, took on a sinister role from 1933-35 when Hitler paved over the grass-covered, tree-lined square to stage his National Socialist rallies.
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One of my favourite places in Munich. When you are here seems you are alone in the world, or in the middle of nowhere. It's so big! And with the greek temples! It's like if the time had stop. It's a very quiet place and the several times I visited it there was hardly none there.
Commissioned by Ludwig I and later used as
a Nazi ground, this neo-Classical square
boasts the Propyläen gateway and the
Glyptothek, a small but enchanting collection
of Greek and Roman sculpture. Also the sight
of an annual summer outdoor concert series.
THE PROPYLAEN at KÖNIGSPLATZ: this picture is one of Leo von Klenzes to see inside the OLD PINAKOTHEK, one of the largest galleries here....
Very large, very high qualitative!