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Glockenspiel-What?



Rathaus-Glockenspiel Built in 1908


This is a real time piece and certainly not a pocket or wrist watch, it is called the Munich Glockenspiel, it is attached to a building located in Munich's Marienplatz square in the heart of Germany. It consists of 43 bells and altogether 32 life-sized figures and it is famous for its life-size characters, the clock twice daily for reenacts scenes. It is the largest glockenspiel in Germany and the fourth-largest in Europe. It was designed by Christian Reithmann,





The scenes are from the marriage of Bavarian Duke Wilhelm V to Renata of Lorraine in 1568 to Renata of Lorraine was a French noblewoman of the House of Lorraine who became a Duchess of Bavaria by her marriage to Duke William V.


Just a little pomp and ceremony involved: The bridal party had the Austrian archduke arriving with 600 oxen and 1,500 horses. On the day of the wedding, Wilhelm V and 3,500 horsemen went to a nearby city to pick up the bride Lorraine. An additional note: It is believed that during the 18th-century farmers in south-western Germany started making cuckoo clocks, this is believed to be the time and the place of the birth of the cuckoo clock.

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