The history of the Lübeck city hall has to be the most complex in the history of European civic architecture. Construction began in 1230 with a series of three connected structures. Over the course of time, the city hall traversed the styles o late Romaneque, Gothic, North Europeaen Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Gothic Revival and even Art Nouveau. Interior and exterior spaces are filled with sculptured heads and torsos, sometimes honoring important historical figures, other times simply portraying grotesque or fanciful figures from Classical mythology or local fables.

 

The city hall even featured a war room, which was destroyed by allied bombing in 1942 and never rebuilt:

The Lübeck City Hall War Room 

The Lübeck City Hall War Room 

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