Old Town Hall in Bamberg
Every ancient European city certainly has its history and its "face" in a town hall, which is one of the necessary municipal buildings of the city. There is a "person" and a little German in Bamberg on the river Regnitz.
A beautiful legend tells of the tumultuous events that preceded the creation of this historic architectural exhibit. While the vast possessions belonged to the Duchy of Bamberg Catholic Church, Bamberg, and was under the jurisdiction of the local bishop is essentially a land lord. City community, looking for free Nuremberg, too, wanted independence from the sovereign, tax cuts and expanding their rights. These requirements were residents of Bamberg on the upper bridge on the opposite bank of the river with his "burgher" of the city in the part of the "church" to the residence of the bishop, where they were met by fire. As a result of the collision, the soldiers set fire churchman, which burned down and the old town hall. And, despite the fact that representatives of the City Council went to conciliation, the angry sovereign has forbidden to build on "his land" the new building. And "his land" was everywhere. And then the resourceful citizens built their town hall in the middle of the river, on the man-made island, by them and poured. And after some time, showing his creation to the bishop, to whom the construction is extremely pleasant, the people "built bridges" between the two parts of the city, both literally and figuratively. About this event the city chronicles mention in XIV century.
For centuries the town hall suffered from fires and natural disasters; newly restored and rebuilt in the style of late Gothic, Baroque and Rococo. At present, the Old Town Hall is a bizarre combination of several styles, which makes it even more unique and interesting. The central tower, lined with coarse sandstone, surmounted by a bell tower, decorated with a clock and suddenly laced with white balconies and coats of arms of the bishop. Right to the tower "is stuck" so-called half-timbered "Kapralsky house." On the left - the perfect baroque building, whose facade is covered with frescoes by the lovely subjects of the ancient world. Artist Johannes Anvander showed fine craftsmanship in the creation of murals on a completely flat surface, providing the end result is a colorful illusion of three-dimensional architectural forms in the form of arches, brackets, columns and niches.
Since 1995, the building of the Old Town Hall Museum is located faience and porcelain named Peter Ludwig, a famous philanthropist who gave the town its fine art collection of fragile masterpieces. This added even more charm and interest to the Old Town Hall in Bamberg, one of the most beautiful relics of medieval Germany, a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Location: Germany, Bamberg, Obere Brucke, 1.
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