Located halfway between Berlin and Warsaw, Poznań is among the oldest cities in Poland, with a history dating back to the 10th century. You can find many historical monuments in the city, one of the highlights is an impressive Renaissance Town Hall located in the center of Old Town Square, once renowned as the most beautiful building north of the Alps.
The earliest mention of it dates back to 1310, and it was a one-story Gothic building built upon a raised quadrangle. In the mid 16th century, the building was reconstructed in the Renaissance style by Italian architect Giovanni Battista Quadro who added an upper story, Renaissance loggia, and attic walls. A pair of goats were added to the new clock of the building as well, which was and still is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Poznań that every day at noon there are a bunch of people gathered below to watch two metal goats appear above the clock and butt their horns together 12 times. It’s definitely worth taking a look at. ??
Although the Town Hall was destroyed by the hurricane and the war, the building has gone through a major renovation and preserved its characteristic of the Renaissance. Today, it’s home to the Historical Museum of Poznań, which contains a lot of exhibits from the 10th century till the present day that relates to the history of the city, including a pair of retired metal goats. Decorated with ornate three-story loggia in the main facade, the Poznań Town Hall glitters in the sun and captivates all who visit here.
With winding cobbled streets, charming Old Town, beautiful churches and castles, Poznań is a vibrant and colorful city filled with a vast array of stunning attractions, waiting to be explored.?
Photo by Radoslaw Maciejewski