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Marienplatz, Munich, Germany

Happy Birthday, Munich!

The city of Munich will be celebrating its 850th birthday this year - its origin goes back to the 8th century and to a tiny monastic settlement known as "bei den Munichen", which is to say: by the monks. However, the actual founder of Munich is Duke Henry the Lion. He destroyed a toll bridge over the Isar near Föhring and then built another one in "Munichen" where he collected his own tolls (what a smart guy!). When Henry's act was publicly recognized, the city got its official "date of birth": June 14th, 1158.

And so I thought it might be a good idea to pull one of the images from the archive that shows the city from its best side: Marienplatz under the clear blue sky, situated in the city center, with the beautiful golden Mariensäule, the twin towers of the Frauenkirche (aka "Dom"), and parts of the city hall.

The major birthday party is scheduled for mid June (14th and 15th, to be precise). During the two days Marienplatz will offer many attractions, e.g. a stage with perfomances of musicians, dancers and other artists, a craftsmen market and a special area for children. Look forward to seeing you in Munich. :-)

Have a good month, folks!

See previous "Photo of the Month" (January 2008)

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