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Roll together the ancient cities of Athens and Constantinople; sprinkle them with a few mediæval palaces and renaissance churches; populate them with an art-loving, beer-drinking, easy-going race of Bavarians, and you have modern Munich. And the strangest part of it is that all this curious and quaint antiquity has had its growth within the last fifty years. For extravagant extremes, for sudden changes of hot and cold weather, for much art, good and bad, for startling effects in color, for genuine industry and much dilettantism, for abundance of strong beer and for not much else beside, the city of the Little Monk remains unique among European capitals. It is decidedly a modern hybrid, a creation of a monarch's imagination, an attempt to out-Florence Florence and to set the rest of the world agog with open-faced astonishment at its kaleidoscopic splendor and sumptuous gorgeousness. Above all things it lacks originality, and
METTLER LH. MEDICAL MUNICH AND BERLIN. NOTES FROM MY SKETCH BOOK. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(3):119–124. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440030023001k
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