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Rafal W wrote a review Feb 14
Leeds, United Kingdom1,175 contributions53 helpful votes
Traditionally, at the heart of every city stood, more or less representative, town hall, and Poznan is no exception from this rule. Located in north-east quarter of the Old Market Square, was and still is the pride of the city. The very first seat of Poznan's city council and court was finished around the year 1300, and it was low, square, Gothic edifice remnants of which still can be seen in city hall's basements. The building of the city hall undergone many changes. Expanded in 15th century, acquired tower at the turn of 15th and 16th centuries. After damages that town hall sustained in great conflagration of the year 1536 building was refurbished in years 1540-42 but the main works took a place few years later, under the direction of Giovanni Battista di Quadro. Town hall was enlarged, new floor was added along with the attics and loggia. Around the same time the tower was equipped with a clock with famous goats. Also town hall's interiors acquired new, Renaissance outlook. Lavishly decorated from inside and outside, with Latin sentences inscribed on its walls and allegoric representations of virtues Poznan's town hall become a pearl of the city. Apart from few changes in tower's design, the main body of the building of the town hall remained, basically, unchanged. General refurbishing from years 1781-84 brought some changes in decorations of eastern façade of town hall's elevation. Partition of Poland brought Poznan under Prussian rule and German's order that was expressed during another refurbishing of the town hall in years 1910-13, in destroying rich Renaissance polychrome of town hall's interiors as incompatible with the German spirit. World War II that brought misery and destruction didn't spare the town hall either. Damaged during the fights of 1945, Poznan's town hall regained its Renaissance look after renovation works in years 1945-54. Nowadays, town hall is governed by Muzeum Historii Miasta Poznania (Museum of the History of the City of Poznan) and houses museum and periodical exhibitions, and weddings are held in one of its representative rooms. Truly beautiful building.…
Date of experience: July 2020
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Elena Ciocan wrote a review Nov 2020
Timisoara, Romania1,725 contributions294 helpful votes
You simply cannot miss this place. The building is exquisite and the 2 goats from the clock are unique! Make sure you will be there to see them moving.
Date of experience: December 2019
Michael S wrote a review Mar 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom14 contributions2 helpful votes
This is the main building in Poznan square. At midday the clock chimes and the famous goats come out to battle.Everyone will be there so make sure you are !! Well worth a visit.
Date of experience: February 2020
Malgorzata wrote a review Feb 2020
8,756 contributions824 helpful votes
The Poznan Town Hall is a beautiful Renaissance building decorating the Old Market Square. Its construction was completed around 1300. From this period survived only basements. A thorough reconstruction of the Town Hall was made in the years 1550-60 according to the design of the architect Giovanni Battista di Quadro from Lugano. Then it took on a form very similar to the present one. During this renovation, a new clock was ordered and a "clownish device, namely goats." The facade faces east . Its characteristic three-story loggia is richly decorated. Between the arches of the ground floor arcades are pairs of female allegories of virtues. The Poznań City Hall is a real pearl of the Renaissance. Every day at 12.00 the bugle call of Poznań is played from the town hall tower. At this time the mechanical goats' butting display is performed daily and are accompanied by numerous residents and tourists. Inside, the Museum of the History of Poznań is located. Really beautiful.…
Date of experience: April 2019
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brachitstersxxx wrote a review Sep 2019
London, United Kingdom34 contributions27 helpful votes
You can like or not the place, but these automated animals are lovely. Stay and enjoy goats meet each other above your head.
Date of experience: September 2019
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