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German Athens

The Glyptothek is a museum commissioned by the Bavarian King Ludwig I, built from 1816-1830 to house his collection of Greek and Roman sculptures, located in front of the gates of Munich. It was designed by Leo von Klenze in the Neoclassical style, and today the museum is a part of the Kunstareal. The Glyptothek was commissioned alongside other projects, including the neighboring Königsplatz and the building that houses the State Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities, as monuments to ancient Greece. King Ludwig I envisioned a "German Athens," in which the ancient Greek culture would be remembered.

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