Königsplatz (King’s square)

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Königsplatz (King’s square)

The square Königsplatz (King’s square) is situated in the borough Maxvorstadt in Munich. Königsplatz is part of the representative boulevard Brienner Straße, Munich’s first avenue. The square is built in the style of European Neo-Classicism. It is a centre of cultural live in Munich and was designed to be the “Isar-Athen”. Königsplatz is situated in the third part of Brienner Staße in the South of Maxvorstadt. It is the third and last square within the representative boulevard. The square is framed towards the east by the Katharina-von-Bora-Straße and towards the west by Luisenstraße.

The history of Königsplatz

The history of Brienner Straße and Königsplatz are closely connected. Karl von Fischer working for Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria redesigned together with Friedrich Ludwig Sckell the former Fürstenweg (prince’s alley) from the royal residence in Munich to the Nymphenburg Palace. Fischer modeled the Königsplatz on the Acropolis in Athens. Classical rigor was to be embedded in living green, to give an expression of urban ideas of Ludwig I who wanted to see cultural life, civic ideals, Catholic Christianity, royal administration and the military all together and embedded in green.

To create a square framed by temples Karl von Fischer had to enlarge the Brienner Straße. He repositioned the crossroads to edge of the square to create a narrowed place.

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