Photographer's Note

Every time I talk to my daughter, and I tell her that I achieved to upload to my TrekEarth gallery over 100 photos from seven countries, she shakes her head saying that from Germany I have exactly 100 photos which doesn’t make “over” 100 yet. I decided to upload one more photo from Germany to resolve this dispute.

The title refers to the book by Dan Brown, one of the books describing the adventures of Professor Langdon, but the photo has nothing to do with that book.

This is a detail of the façade of the Theatine Church, one of the most important and most beautiful churches in Munich.
The Theatine Church was built from 1663 to 1690, it was founded by Elector Ferdinand Maria and his wife, Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, as a gesture of thanks for the birth of the long-awaited heir to the Bavarian crown, Prince Max Emanuel, in 1662. On 12 January 1694 Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria married Teresa Kunegunda Sobieska, a daughter of King of Poland John III Sobieski. After her death Polish princess was buried in the Theatine Church, hence at the top of the façade (in this photo) you can see the symbols of Bavaria (left) and Poland (right). The Bavarian flag with alternating white and blue colors is known worldwide thanks to BMW = Bayerische Motorwerke. The symbol of Poland contains the white eagle, while the knight on the horse is a symbol of Lithuania, since at that time Poland and Lithuania formed a commonwealth, sharing the same king.

I lived for 4 years in Munich and every time I passed next to this church I thought whether Hitler, who had a rally in this very spot, and who was obsessed with replacing all symbols with the swastika, whether he was aware that above his head there is this stylish symbol of Poland.

You can see the whole façade of this church in a more recent photo made by Lars:
or by Walter:

This photo was taken with my first Canon camera, EOS 300 (analog). It is a scan from a print, hence the quality quite particular.

Source of information: Wikipedia

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