On the north side of the Residenz Royal Palace facing Festsaalbau is Hofgarten. Court Garden was commissioned by Maximilian I, the Elector of Bavaria from 1597 until 1623. The octagonal pavilion was designed by Heinrich Schön the Elder and constructed in 1615. It is dedicated to Diana, the Roman virgin goddess of hunting, fertility and protector of childbirth. On top is a replica of the Tellus Bavaria statue. The allegory represents Bavaria. The original bronze was sculpted in 1594 by Hubert Gerhard. Hofgarten is a superb place to relax among blooming flowers.