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An older photo I scanned the other day; I have a much better camera now, so I would like to go back one day to get shots of all the details in this astounding building.

The Glockenspiel, a world-famous feature of the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) in Munich, located in the Marienplatz. It's a massive neo-Gothic structure that looks quite old, but it's not, compared to some of the other buildings in Germany. In fact, few of the oldest buildings in Munich survived the war unscathed, as the devastation was massive. The New Town Hall dates to the mid 19th century (1867-1909).

The Glockenspiel itself is actually only about a century old. Situated in the central tower, it plays a few times per day. Comprised of 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures, it tells the story of the marriage of Duke Wilhelm V to Renata of Lothringen, who also founded the world famous Hofbrauhaus. In honor of the marriage, a joust was held, which the scene depicts. The Bavarian knight is adorned in blue and white and the Lothringen knight in red and white. The bottom tier features the Schafflerstanz, or coopers' dance, which celebrates the end of a plague outbreak in the 16th century. The celebration takes place every seven years to the present day. The show lasts about 15 minutes. The square, located at the heart of the Old Town area, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city.

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Additional Photos by Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 78 N: 1049] (1873)
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