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Inside the Palace - The Nymphenburg Palace (Munich, German)

The baroque palace in the west part of Munich was the summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs. In 1664, Prince Ferdinand Maria had the castle built as a present to his wife, who had borne him the long-awaited heir, Max Emanuel. The Nymphenburg Palace is one of the largest royal palaces in Europe. Some spaces have their original Baroque decor intact, while others were later remodeled in Rococo and Classical styles. 

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Ludwig II (Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm), (25 August 1845 – 13 June 1886) was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death. He is sometimes called the Swan King (English) and der Märchenkönig, the Fairy tale King (German). He also held the titles of Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, Duke of Franconia, and Duke in Swabia. Ludwig spent all the royal revenues on these projects (though not state funds), borrowed extensively, and defied all attempts by his ministers to restrain him. This was used against him to declare him insane, an accusation which has been refuted in the meantime. His mysterious demise took place the very next day. Ludwig is generally well-regarded and even revered by many Bavarians today. His legacy of architecture and art includes many of Bavaria’s important tourist attractions.

Ludwig’s death was officially ruled a suicide by drowning, but the official autopsy report indicated that no water was found in his lungs. Ludwig was a very strong swimmer in his youth, the water was approximately waist-deep where his body was found, and he had not expressed suicidal feelings during the crisis. Gudden’s body showed blows to the head and neck and signs of strangulation, leading to the suspicion that he was strangled by Ludwig although there is no evidence to prove this. Many hold that Ludwig was murdered by his enemies while attempting to escape from Berg. 

Ludwig’s remains were dressed in the regalia of the Order of Saint Hubert, and lay in state in the royal chapel at the Munich Residence Palace. In his right hand he held a posy of white jasmine picked for him by his cousin the Empress Elisabeth of Austria. After an elaborate funeral on 19 June 1886, Ludwig’s remains were interred in the crypt of the Michaelskirche in Munich. His heart, however, does not lie with the rest of his body. Bavarian tradition called for the heart of the king to be placed in a silver urn and sent to the Gnadenkapelle (Chapel of Mercy) in Altötting, where it was placed beside those of his father and grandfather.

Die Münchener Residenz, former royal palace of the Bavarian kings and Germany’s largest city palace. The Munich Residence is the former palace of the Bavarian monarchs of the House of Wittelsbach in Munich’s city center. It’s open to visitors for its architecture, room decorations, and displays from the royal collections. The complex contains 10 courtyards and displays 130 rooms. A wing of the Festsaalbau contains the Cuvilliés Theatre since reconstruction after WW2; it also houses the Herkulessaal, the primary concert venue for the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The Byzantine Allerheiligen-Hofkirche church is facing the Marstall, the building for the former Court Riding School and the royal stables. Read more.

Meine Lieben, falls ihr euch im Moment in München aufhaltet und nicht wisst wohin, bitte klingelt irgendwo. Die Münchener lassen euch rein. Es ist jetzt wichtig, von den Straßen runterzukommen, so schnell wie möglich. Bleibt bitte drinnen, informiert euch, was los ist und bleibt in Sicherheit. 

There’s a shooting happening in Munich right now. You need to know that if you happen to be in Munich right now, residents will let you in! Get off the streets as soon as possible. Please stay safe, don’t go outside, listen to the news if you’re in Munich. My heart is with you.

Woman in Profile Reading (c.1915). Oscar Fehrer (American, 1872-1958). Oil on canvas.

In 1895, Fehrer traveled to Munich and studied at the Royal Academy until 1897. Following his stay in Munich, Fehrer resided in Paris and studied at the Academie Julian where he was awarded an honorable mention for his work. Having sharpened his skills as a painter at these German and French schools of art, Fehrer returned to America in 1900 and established a studio in New York City.

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Amalienburg Pavilion, designed by Francois Cuvillies, c. 1739

Munich, Germany

One of the gems of the European rococo style, the Amalienburg Pavilion was built by the ruler of Bavaria, Elector Karl Albrecht, as a hunting lodge for his wife, Maria Amalia. Designed by Francois Cuvillies, the small, richly decorated building is set in the grounds of the vast Nymphenburg Palace, the Elector’s summer residence in Munich, and is surrounded by extensive wooded parkland.

-Great Buildings: The World’s Architectural Masterpieces Explored and Explained, DK Publishing

Instead of continually reblogging with updates, I’m just going to let everyone know the current situation.

There has been a shooting at the Munich Olympia shopping mall (Olympia-Einkaufszentrum). It’s been reported that there are several injuries and fatalities. 3 deaths have been confirmed as of right now, that’s expected to rise.
The number of injuries is unknown.

Police expect that there are multiple shooters (3 being the likely number) and none have been caught yet, they are all on the run.

Certain trains, trams and buses have been stopped and the public has been told to stay inside and avoid public places.

There are conflicting reports of whether a second shooting happened or not. Just now the police have received unconfirmed reports of more violence and possible gunshots in the City Center.

Munich residents are opening their doors to anyone who is stranded, using the hashtag #OffenTür (open door) on social media.