The Altstadtmarkt is the center of the soft image Altstadt. It was created in the 12th century with the extension of this subdivision to the north and the award of city law as the main market and later as a fairground on schedule. With the carefully related buildings of St. Martini (7) and Altstadtrathaus (1) on the west side and the market fountain (4) the old town market in the middle of the 15th century received its late medieval character.
As a counterpart to the ducal area at the castle and cathedral here was the civic pride of the former Hanseatic city its architectural expression. The dense houses of the citizens of the other sites formed a closed urban space.
During World War II, the Old Town market suffered severe damage. The reconstruction followed the concept of traditional islands. The valuable large buildings and the well were repaired and comprehensively reconstructed. Their effect should be increased by a new building with colored plaster facades, which approximates to ridge and eaves.
The half-timbered houses on the south side of the square were not rebuilt, the north wall of the Gewandhaus (5) remained free.
The newly built half-timbered house (6) is reminiscent of the destroyed development. It ensures the seclusion of the Altstadtmarkt and the spatial link to the Martinikirchplatz.
November 29, 2017
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