The Lions Of Bavaria

The German Eagle

The German Eagle

BayernWappen

Bavarian Coat of Arms

Bavaria’s national symbol is the lion, and as such it appears on its coat of arms. Germany’s, by contrast, is the eagle. Its flag colours are black red and gold, while Bavaria’s are white and blue. You’d be hard pushed to find Germans displaying their national flag anywhere, unless the football world cup happens to be in full swing. Bavarian flags, however, are a common sight in Bavaria, and so is the lion. I took some shots last month while I was there:

Guarding a garden in Possenhofen

Guarding a garden in Possenhofen

A life-size statue overlooking Lake Starnberg

A life-size man-lion overlooking Lake Starnberg

A large beast outisde some really important building in Munich... now if I could only remember which one...!

A stern beast defending some really important building in the centre of Munich… now if only I could remember which one…!

The last two (much smaller versions) were patiently sitting by people’s garden gates in my village:

Gardenlion

A bit worse for wear, that one

This one's in fine fettle, though :)

This one’s in fine fettle, though πŸ™‚

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38 thoughts on “The Lions Of Bavaria

  1. Anna

    So, I see an email update from this blog and of course I read it as “The Loins of Bavaria.” I couldn’t get here fast enough! As it is though, nice kitty πŸ™‚

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  2. Zyriacus

    I Think you missed out on this one beast in company of a notorious woman: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8e/Bavaria_statue_in_Munich.JPG&imgrefurl=http://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Bavaria_statue_in_Munich.JPG&h=1024&w=768&sz=483&tbnid=3AYiFNATNQoaCM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=68&zoom=1&usg=__hnN_arubdwSsk6zQyCR8fMA_rq8=&docid=JU1Pn8BeE5K4HM&sa=X&ei=UNYyUozmFqWm4ATExYGQDg&sqi=2&ved=0CDEQ9QEwAA&dur=572

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  3. Expat Eye

    Mmm, sausage πŸ˜‰ In Latvia, if you own a property, you have to display the Latvian flag. If you don’t, the police come round and give out to you and possibly fine you!

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      1. Expat Eye

        Yep! I didn’t even know about it until I went out to a house in the countryside a couple of weekends ago. I thought maybe it was some sort of national holiday as all of the houses had their flags flying! Turns out, it’s just the law πŸ˜‰

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Ooooh, a whole collection!!
      You probably own a couple of those big Chinese marble ones, strategically positioned by your front door to scare the shit out of the Tiger mothers πŸ˜‰

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      1. Anna

        Actually the tortoise was the symbol of the Medici family. And lions used to roam the Balkans, and possibly Italy, France and Spain…right until Europeans left the caves.

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