As we strolled along Prinzregentenstrasse in Munich we could see in the distance a golden angel floating above the trees in the Maximilian Park. A closer inspection revealed the Friedensengel – the Angel of Peace.
She commemorates the 25 years of peace after the Franco-German war of 1870 and 1871 and is modeled on the Greek goddess Nike. This gilded bronze beauty stands atop a 38 metre column, while on the four sides of the platform below are gold mosaics depicting War, Peace, Victory and Culture in the guise of the ancients.
Long may she continue to serve as a reminder of the importance of peace in our world.