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Munich, Germany!

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Quiz: What was the original name of Munich's Marienplatz (St. Mary's Square) it was renamed as a way to ask Virgin Mary to protect the town from a cholera epidemic.
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Date 2001
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1225 black table cell bar.jpg Panoramic photo mosaic of Munich's city hall and cuckoo clock or "Rathaus-Glockenspiel" in Marienplatz.

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400 black table cell bar.jpg Component parts of the "Rathaus-Glockenspiel" from top to bottom. The gothic style structure was built in 1908 and chimes every day at 11 am. gm48889_21.jpg
gm48889_23.jpg 600 black table cell bar.jpg Top half of the Rathaus-Glockenspiel tells the story of the marriage of Duke Wilhelm V (who also founded the world famous Hofbräuhaus) to Renata of Lorraine. In honor of the happy couple there are jesters and a joust with knights on horseback the Bavarian knight (in white and blue) wins.

Bottom half of the Rathaus-Glockenspiel then celebrates the coopers' dance or (Schäfflerstanz), according to myth, the coopers are said to have danced through the streets to, "bring fresh vitality to fearful dispositions" during a plague in 1517.
400 black table cell bar.jpg The entrance and exit to the Rathaus-Glockenspiel is decorated with iron works with stained glass windows inside. gm48889_17.jpg
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400 black table cell bar.jpg Gargoyles of the Rathaus-Glockenspiel. gm48889_24.jpg
gm24342_02dt.jpg 400 black table cell bar.jpg SMAUG, the dragon embellishment on the Rathaus-Glockenspiel.

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800 black table cell bar.jpg The column of St. Mary erected in 1638 to celebrate the end of the Swedish invasion and is located in teh center of Munich's Marienplatz (St. Mary's Square). gm48889_20.jpg
gm19335_12.jpg 600 black table cell bar.jpg Germans are serious about their beer drinking. In the most famous beer house “HofBräuhaus” the beer steins are under lock-n-key.
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Answer to Quiz ==> The square was originally known as Schrannen.