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The Old City Hall

The first mention of the wooden market hall, which was also the venue for the deliberations of the court and the meetings of the city councillors called “theatrum”, dates back to 1245. The current Gothic town hall hails from mid-15th Century, with Henryk Brunsberg considered to be its builder. The richly-decorated façade featuring glazed stones adds a painterly style to the structure. The building has arcades on its south wall, which used to play host to court proceedings on summer days. The City Council convened here twice a week.
From the 14th Century the resolutions of the City Council were announced twice a year, i.e. on 1 May and 29 September. As some of them were quite peculiar, it is no wonder that such announcements sometimes left the city in tumult. Examples included the introduction of the anti-Hussite tax in 1428 and the raising of the prices of spirits in 1616. Less severe regulations were e.g. the resolution from 1418 against calumniators and rumourmongers slandering “lords, dukes, knights, squires, ladies, girls, priests, and vassals...”, or one law from 1558 which limited the luxury and excess during wedding celebrations, baptisms, and funerals.
From 5 to 13 December 1570 the town hall hosted a Peace Congress ending the Northern Seven Years' War between Sweden and Denmark.
After the damage suffered during the Brandenburg sieges, it was rebuilt in the Baroque style and served its purpose until the City Council was moved to the New Town Hall in 1879.
Reconstructed again after the War in 1975 as the National Museum, it houses exhibitions dedicated to Szczecin’s past.

 

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