Posted by: danielfee | June 24, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 06-24-2013

Karl's Gate - Munich, Germany

Karl’s Gate – Munich, Germany

The Karlstor (Karl’s Gate)  at  Karlsplatz (Stachus) in Munich is one of four main gates of the medieval city wall. It served as a fortification for the defense and is the westernmost of Munich’s three remaining gothic town gates. It is at the western end of the Neuhauser Straße, which was part of the salt road and the east-west thoroughfare of the historic old town. Between 1285 and 1347, a second fortification was built for Munich, which included the gate, then known as Neuhauser Tor. Count Rumford, the commander of the Bavarian army, was ordered to alter the edge towers in 1791. It was that year when the gate was renamed in Neuhauser Karlstor. In 1857, the gunpowder stocks that were stored in the annex of the main tower exploded and damaged them so much that it later had to be demolished. The two flanking towers were redesigned and later connected with a new Gothic Revival bridge.



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