The Angel of Peace is located on the Prinzregententerrasse on the east bank of the Isar river and is visible from a long distance. The golden column is symbolic of the 40-year period of peace from the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 until the start of the First World War, the majority of which Bavaria experienced under the reign of Prince Regent Luitpold.

Although he only began his reign at the age of 65, it still lasted for a quarter-of-a-century, longer than the reigns of all of the other Bavarian kings before and after him. Prince Regent Luitpold’s period of rule is quite rightly regarded as one of the most peaceful and most productive in the history of Bavaria. Indeed, it is the only era named after a regent in Bavaria.

Despite the fact that the start of Luitpold’s reign was overshadowed by the premature death of King Ludwig II, he was revered and respected by his people, both for his closeness to them, his modest and approachable manner during public appearances at the unveiling of memorials, at public festivals and at Corpus Christi processions, as well as for his extensive trips to all the regions of his Bavarian homeland.

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