Königsplatz is Munich’s striking neo-classical square, constructed in the style of ancient Greece.
There is the Glyptothek on its north side (shown above), Munich’s oldest museum, commissioned by the Bavarian King Ludwig I to house his collection of Greek and Roman sculpture from 1830. These sculptures date from the archaic age to Roman times.
Reminiscent of an antique temple, it has eight columns and its interior is structured with domical vaulting. It is Germany’s largest assemblage of classical art.
Opposite the Glyptothek is the Staatsantikensammlungen (State Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities), which houses a precious collection of ancient artefacts from Roman, Etruscan and Greek times – including one of the most renowned collections of Greek ceramics worldwide.
The Propyläen, commemorating the Greeks who fought Turkey for their independence between 1821 and 1832 (the Greek king Otto I was a son of King Ludwig I) and dominating Königsplatz, was the final building completed. It was finished in 1862, 14 years after the abdication of the king who had originally commissioned the scheme.
There is also the Lenbachhaus, originally built as a villa for the painter Franz von Lenbach and now an art museum.
The classicistic appearance of the monuments is attributable to architect Leo von Klenze, who designed most major buildings of his time in the Bavarian capital.
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