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Angel of Peace

Heinrich Düll & Georg Pezold & Max Heilmaier
Ferdinand von Miller (München)

München /  Friedensengel   München /  Friedensengel


Gilded cast bronze Angel of Peace - in fact it is not an angel, but Nike, goddess of peace (after the Nike of Paionios) with in her right hand an olive branch as peace symbol and in her left hand a palladion (statue of Pallas Athene as city patroness). The statue stands on top of a column 38 meters high in the Corinthian style. The columns stands on small temple, the four corner columns of which show on the east and west side portraits and on the south and north sides the twelve labours of Hercules. The portraits are:
Northwest column
West side
German emperors
North side
Labours of Hercules (with the traditional order number according to Apollodorus; 10 (To herd the Cattle of Geryon) lacks, and 11 is given twice)
  • Kaiser Wilhelm I (Berlin 1797-Berlin 1888), King of Prussia and German Emperor, 1861-1888 (Wikipedia).
  • Kaiser Friedrich III (Potsdam 1831-Potsdam 1888), King of Prussia and German Emperor from 9 March to 15 June 1888 (Wikipedia).
  • Kaiser Wilhelm II (Berlin 1859-Doorn, Netherlands, 1941), King of Prussia and German Emperor, 1888-1918 (Wikipedia).
  • (6) Slay the Stymphalian Birds
  • (9) Obtain the Girdle of the Amazon Queen
  • (3) Capture the Golden Hind of Artemis
Southwest column
West side
Bavarian rulers
South side
  • König Ludwig II von Bayern (München 1845-in the Starnberger See 1886), King of Bavaria, 1864-1886 (Wikipedia).
  • König Otto I von Bayern(München 1848-SchloƟ Fürstenried 1916), King of Bavaria, 1886-1916; he was declared insane in 1875 and his uncle, Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, served as Prince Regent (Wikipedia).
  • Prinz Luitpold von Bayern (Würzburg 1821-München 1912), Prince Regent of Bavaria, 1886-1912 (Wikipedia).
  • (11)Steal the Apples of the Hesperides (Heracles killing the giant Antaeus)
  • (5) Clean the Augean stables in a single day
  • (1) Slay the Nemean lion
Southeast column
East side
Bavarian generals
South side
  • Ludwig Freiherr von und zu der Tann (from: 1868 Tann-Rathsamhausen) (Darmstadt 1815-Merano 1881), Royal Bavarian General of the Infantry (Wikipedia).
  • Jakob Freiherr von Hartmann (Maikammer 1795-Würzburg 1873), Royal Bavarian General of the Infantry (Wikipedia).
  • Siegmund Freiherr von Pranckh (Altötting 1821-München 1888), Bavarian general and Minister of War (Wikipedia).
  • (2) Slay the 9-headed Lernaean Hydra
  • (11) Steal the Apples of the Hesperides (hold up the heavens from Atlas)
  • (8) Steal the Mares of Diomedes
Northeast column
East side
leading figures in Prussia's government
North side
  • Albrecht Graf von Roon (Pleushagen bei Kolberg, Kreis Fürstenthum, Pommern 1803 - Berlin 1879) Generalfeldmarschall (Wikipedia).
  • Otto Fürst von Bismarck (Schönhausen 1815 - Friedrichsruh bei Hamburg 1898), German imperial chancellor from 1862 to 1890 (Wikipedia).
  • Helmuth Graf von Moltke (Parchim 1800 - Berlin 1891), Generalfeldmarschall (Wikipedia).
  • (7) Capture the Cretan Bull
  • (12) Capture and bring back Cerberus
  • (4) Capture the Erymanthian Boar
In the hall of the temple are gold mosaics, showing the allegories of war and peace, victory and blessing for the culture.

In front of the Friedensengel is a fountain with putti on dolphins.

Friedensengel (München)- Fountain


The angel of peace recalls the 25 peaceful years after the Franco-German war of 1870/71. The foundation stone was laid on 10 May 1896, the unveiling was on 16 July 1899.


Sources & Information


  • Düll & Georg Pezold, Heinrich
  • Fountain
  • Frederick III (emperor)
  • Hartmann, Jacob von
  • Heilmaier, Max
  • Hercules / Heracles
  • Louis II (King of Bavaria)
  • Luitpold (Prince Regent of Bavaria)
  • Miller (München), Ferdinand von
  • Moltke, Helmuth von
  • Monarch
  • Mosaic
  • Otto I (Duke of Bavaria)
  • Politician/Statesman
  • Pranckh, Sigmund von
  • Roon, Albrecht von
  • Tann, Ludwig von der
  • Wilhelm I (emperor)
  • Wilhelm II (emperor)
  • Locatie (N 48°8'29" - E 11°35'49") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

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