I mentioned in an earlier post, that Munich is full of lions (in art and sculpture, of course) as the Bavarian Lion was on the coat of arms of the Wittelsbach family, the ruling family of Bavaria. So, I wasn’t surprised to see more of these at the Feldherrnhalle on the Odeonsplatz.
The Feldherrnhalle is located on the southern end of the Ludwigstrasse on the Odeonsplatz. Also commissioned by Kind Ludwig I of Bavaria, it is dedicated to the Bavarian army. The monument is dominated by two massive lions flanking the staircase, a central sculpture added later in 1882 after the Franco.Prussian war, and the statues of two Bavarian commanders – Count von Tilly & Field Marshal von Wrede.
I was more fascinated by the lions (surprised?) – since it was pointed out to me that they are not quite similar. The one on the right (as you face the Feldherrnhalle) faces the Theatinerkirche and has its jaws shut (almost in respect). While the one on the left facing the Residenz & the Hofgarten has its jaws open in a low growl.
Right next to the Feldherrnhalle, there are four smaller lion statues (two flanking the entrace to the residenz, another two at the exit of the Residenz) with their muzzles shining bright by being rubbed by the locals, as it is supposed to bring good luck! Hang around long enough and you’ll be surprised how many Münchners rub the noses on their way by… Anyone know the significance or symbolism of these lions?