On the left side, you can see part of St. Peter’s Church. St. Peter’s church is the oldest church in Munich. This church was built in the 8th century, long before Munich was founded as a city. Nearby, on a hill called Petersberg, there lived a group of monks. The name München (Munich is the English version) means ‘Monk City’. It was actually named after the monks who inhabited this city before it even became a city.
The tour of Munich continues here, although I will only share the things that stood out to me the most.
If you look carefully, on the top left corner of the larger window (the one below the round window and on the left side of the tower) you will see a small circular black object that looks like a ball. That is actually a cannon ball, lodged in the thick, stone wall of St. Peter’s Church. It was shot from one of Napoleon’s canons during Napoleon’s attempt to occupy Germany in the early 1800s.
This was the very place (in the picture above) where the Night of the Long Knives took place. The Night of the Long Knives took place from June 30th until July 2, 1934 when Hitler and the Nazi party carried out a series of political executions in effort to strengthen Hitler’s power over Germany.
The Tower of St. Peter’s Church. For a small fee, you can go to the top of the tower. From there, you get a bird’s eye view of Munich. The bell will gong at certain times of the day, so you have to make sure you’re not up there when it sounds.
There is an interesting story surrounding the clock near the top of the tower. A while back, it needed to be fixed. A couple of tradesmen agreed to fix the clock.
If anyone has been in Munich, they know the city is well known for it’s beer. I have yet to taste it, but from what I’ve heard, it’s legendary. So, what does beer have to do with the clock? The tradesmen who had agreed to fix the clock couldn’t do so without bringing a stein of beer with them. While one of the men was fixing the clock, he lost his footing, but fortunately managed to regain it. Unfortunately, the stein of beer slipped from his hand and fell all the way to the ground below. Oddly, the stein wasn’t broken. In fact, it was still in tack, giving the stein a special place in Munich history. Not long after, it disappeared. To where, nobody to this day knows, although most likely it had been stolen.