Austria-Hungary, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands

Austria-Hungary, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...into the valleys of the N eckar and the Lower Main, whilst the plain stretching to the southward presents no difficulties to a traveller proposing to penetrate the Alpine valleys of the Isar or Inn. Add to this that the Danube at Ratisbon is navigable throughout the year for vessels of considerable burden, and it must be conceded that that town enjoys peculiar facilities of communication. This advantage has been recognised from the most remote time, and numerous grave-hills have been discovered along the great natural high-road Which extends towards the north-west, in the direction of the Regnitz. This highway has been known since the days of Charlemagne as the " Road of Iron." The Romans called Ratisbon Castra Regina, and made it their head-quarters on the Upper Danube. Charlemagne converted it into a bulwark of his empire, and the town was always a favourite place of residence of the German emperors. Ever since 887 Ratisbon has been a " meeting-place of traders, a staple of gold and silver, linen and scarlet cloth, and a busy port." In the time of the Crusades blending the forms of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Of statues in marble and bronze there is a fair supply, the most colossal amongst them being the " Bavaria " on the Theresien-VViese, outside the town. The painter's brush has been made tributary to the embellishment of Munich no less than the sculptor's chisel, and historical and allegorical fresco paintings ornament the arcades bounding the royal park and other buildings. The inscriptions placed upon some of the monuments by King Ludwig himself are not always appropriate, and in some instances they are altogether unintelligible. As a whole the royal buildings of Munich look...show more

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  • Paperback | 172 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 318g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236855779
  • 9781236855770