Ratusz Staromiejski w Toruniu
Old Town Hall in Toruń The Old Town Hall was constructed in stages: stalls and bread stalls were constructed during the first half of the 13th century. erection of a detached tower (now incorporated) was commenced in 1247. The market and cloth hall was built around 1250. while in 1279 the Town Hall building. The court stall was added in early 14th century and at the end of the 14th century the building assumed its current form. given by master Andrzej. In 1385 the Town Hall tower was built up to about 40 metres. In 1603 master Antoni von Obbergen added the third level. decorated the top of the facade and built 4 Renaissance towers in corners of the building. During the extension the Town Hall tower received a new topping in the form of a tented roof with a golden crown. Medieval windows were redeveloped in the form of Dutch windows while fireplaces. portal doors and Renaissance paintings were placed inside. In 1703 the Town Hall burned in a fire caused by Swedish bombardment. In the 1722-38 period it was rebuilt with only the lower tower. The Town Hall was damaged again during the Napoleonic Wars and in 1945 when a field hospital was established there. The destroyed western avant-corpse of the Town Hall was replaced in 1869 with a neo-Gothic one. Since the Middle Ages the building was fulfilling a role of a magistrate. economic and trade centre. Town Hall cellars. with beautiful barrel vaults. were used in the Middle Ages as wine stores. later beer and wine were sold there. The cellar under the tower was the town jail. The ground floor housed: the bread stalls. court rooms and arrest cells. cloth hall and the town weights. The first floor included: the Royal Hall. the Burghers' Hall. the Senate's Hall and the Chancellery. The second floor housed: the municipal archives and arsenal. it was destroyed in the bombardment of 1703. On 17 June 1501 King Jan Olbracht died in the Royal Hall. Currently the Town Hall is the seat of the District Museum with a wonderful collection of sacral art. artistic craftsmanship. burghers'. nobles' and royal portraits.