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The Victory Gate

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At the northern end of the Ludwigstrasse, the Munich Victory Gate stretches 21 meters high and 24 meters wide. The limestone triumphal arch forms the border between the districts of Schwabing and Maxvorstadt. From 1843 to 1850, the classicist structure was commissioned by Ludwig I and built on the model of the Arch of Constantine in Rome. Together with the Feldherrnhalle on Odeonsplatz, the Siegestor is considered a symbol of the victory of the wars of liberation over the France of Napoleon I. The centerpiece of the structure is the Quadriga - a bronze sculpture of Bavaria with her team of lions. Below it is the dedication "To the Bavarian Army". On the wall surfaces of the Siegestor, several reliefs show various battle scenes as well as symbols of the Bavarian districts at that time. In 1945, the inscription "Dedicated to Victory - Destroyed by War - Reminding of Peace" was added to the south side of the triumphal arch on the occasion of the end of World War II and has given the structure a new meaning.
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