Named after the Odeon, the former concert hall that is now home to the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior, Odeonsplatz is an attractive city square surrounded by a number of elegant historic buildings designed to offer a grand entrance to the city:
- Feldherrnhalle: a monumental loggia inspired by the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence, the Feldherrnhalle was constructed in the early 1840s in honour of the Bavarian Army. It was here that the Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler and the Nazi party's attempted coup d'état, culminated in a gun battle between the police and the marchers.
- Theatinerkirche: built in the 17th century in celebration of the birth of Prince Max Emanuel, a long-awaited heir to the Bavarian crown, and boasting an impressive Rococo-style yellow façade and twin towers, Munich's Theatine Church of St Cajetan is one of the best-known symbols of the city.
- Hofgarten: the "Court Garden" as it translates, is an Italian Renaissance-style garden and a peaceful place where visitors can escape from the hustle and bustle of Munich without leaving the heart of the city. It is located between the Residenz, the former residence of the Bavarian monarchs, and the Englischer Garten, one of the biggest city parks in Europe.
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