1. Ratusz był wyrazem ambicji mieszczan. Fot. ze zbiorów WUOZ
1. Ratusz był wyrazem ambicji mieszczan. Fot. ze zbiorów WUOZ
1. Ratusz był wyrazem ambicji mieszczan. Fot. ze zbiorów WUOZ.
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Redesigned in the 16th century, the Town Hall is one of Poland’s most beautiful Renaissance buildings. Poznań’s residents wanted their authorities to manage the city effectively. City officials were therefore expected to live up to high standards. Seats in the city council were entrusted only to the most deserving and experienced candidates, to ensure the city’s prosperity and, consequently, that of its residents. The Town Hall’s façade figuratively depicts the qualities expected of public servants. Its ground floor adornments refer to the allegories of the virtues, while its upper floor decorations represent heroes from antiquity who embodied ideal citizens. Added to the façade in modern times were depictions of rulers from the Piast and Jagiellonian Dynasties. Timeless sayings were inscribed in Latin. One of them reads: The city is what it is because its citizens are what they are (Pythagoras). Another states: Nothing in the matters of humans is more difficult than governing well (Diocletian). The biggest attraction of the town hall are the Poznań goats As legend has it, the Poznań billy goats saved the city from a fire. The fire was spotted by a cook who had chased the goats up the tower on which the animals put on a show, butting their heads together.

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