Stendal town hall is a Brick Gothic building constructed over successive eras and thus its components reflect the use of an eclectic range of styles. The courthouse was built in the 15th century, its Late Gothic arches opening onto the town market; the guardhouse and a side wing also date to this epoch. A cloakroom added in the late 15th century (and today used as a wine cellar) adjoins the courthouse; the main space in this later addition resembles a hall and features two aisles and cross-shaped rib vaulting. The main section of the town hall is basically Late Gothic, although a Renaissance-style facade with interlaced vaulting.
A colossal statue of Roland, who symbolised the freedoms and rights afforded by the medieval city for the urban residents of the Mark of Brandenburg, has stood in front of the Stendal town hall since 1525. The sandstone statue is remarkably large, towering 7.8 metres above street level.References:
The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of the oldest churches of Rome. The basic floor plan and wall structure of the church date back to the 340s, and much of the structure to 1140-43. The first sanctuary was built in 221 and 227 by Pope Callixtus I and later completed by Pope Julius I.
The inscription on the episcopal throne states that this is the first church in Rome dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus, although some claim that privilege belongs to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. A Christian house-church was founded here about 220 by Pope Saint Callixtus I (217-222) on the site of the Taberna meritoria, a refuge for retired soldiers. The area was made available for Christian use by Emperor Alexander Severus when he settled a dispute between the Christians and tavern-keepers.
The church underwent two restorations in the fifth and eighth centuries and in 1140-43 it was re-erected on its old foundations under Pope Innocent II.