The base of Mary’s Column at Marienplatz is equally interesting. In each corner is an armed and winged putto (cherub). Each one is battling a different beast. The creatures represent severe hardships overcome during Munich’s history. The mythological basilisk in the foreground represents pestilence, especially the bubonic plague. In back is a lion symbolizing war. Not shown are a dragon (famine) and a serpent (heresy). Are you ready to start exploring Old Town? Lace up your walking shoes and let’s head north.