Stendal Town Hall and Roland Statue

Stendal, Germany

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.

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Founded: 15th century
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Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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