Germany: Frankfurt, Munich, Bavaria, Heidelberg
I enjoyed tracing Mark Twain's footsteps around Europe and how could I not stop to see Heidelberg Castle, the ruins of which rest high above this artistic European riviera! This place is filled with romanticism at every turn and I can't wait to visit again! In his seminal piece of travel-writing, A Tramp Abroad, Twain described the castle was “deserted, discrowned, beaten by the storms, but royal still, and beautiful”.
We could hear the bells of St. Peter's Church from the cathedral courtyard and decided to check out its gothic-style architecture. This place is incredible! St. Peter's Church is the oldest in this area and in the 8th century, monks lived around this church on a hill called Petersbergl. Built in the 1300's
The skeleton of Saint Munditia in St. Peter's Church in Munich. Her relics were transported to Munich from Rome in 1675 from the catacombs of Cyriaca. They were transferred to her Baroque Era shrine which was built on September 5, 1677. Saint Munditia's actual skeleton has been jeweled and she holds a cup of her own, dehydrated blood. Creepy/cool
One of only 3 Juliet [Shakespeare] statues in the world-Munich, Germany Juliet is a replica of a statue in Verona, the setting of Romeo & Juliet’s story. Munich and Verona are sister cities, and she was sent as a gift. The people of Munich rejoiced that they had another statue to rub. People touch her right breast and leave her flowers, hoping that she will bring them luck in their search for love.
The sculpture seen here at Dachau was designed by artist Nandor Glid, formally dedicated in September 1968. The sculpture is approximately 48 feet wide and 19 feet tall. It symbolizes the emaciated bodies of the prisoners who died of starvation and disease in the camp. This piece, I was told, was quite controversial when it was erected, but I think it's incredibly beautiful and serving its artistic purpose. Art and history are not always comfortable things, after all.