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The Siegestor arch is something you can’t miss seeing if you are anywhere near Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

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It’s an impressive triumphal arch.  It’s got all the things you would need to make an impression – it’s got lions being guided by the statue of Bavaria personified.  It looks triumphant.  It looks like something a successful nation would build at the height of its power.  It’s an arch that reminds a person of Rome – not the city, but rather the military might of the the Roman empire.

And it does that on purpose.  Rome has always been the “ideal.” It’s an ideal that just won’t die either.  Every nation and king after Rome that has been anything significant in the Western world and even beyond, has considered themselves to be the heirs of Rome.  Bavaria is no different.  When you walk through Munich, you see plenty of evidence of this idea.