Römerberg or Town Hall Square is the heart of Frankfurt's Old Town that dates back to the 12th century. It is named after the Römer which has been the Town Hall since the 15th century. The historic central square, which was regarded as one of the prettiest medieval squares in Europe, has been the site of imperial elections, coronations, markets, fairs, and festivals, executions and imperial elections and coronations. Though it was largely destroyed in World War II bombings, it has been rebuilt thereafter with half-timbered houses and Gothic buildings which reflect the medieval architectural spirit of the square.
At the centre of the square is the Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen or Justice Fountain, which during coronations ran wine that was drunk by the new emperor and then the common people. It features an octagonal basin of 6.5 metres diameter in red sandstone, at the centre of which stands a statue of Justice with scales in her hand, not blindfolded in a departure from tradition. She stands on a base adorned with sirens spouting water from their mouths and nipples. The ensemble stands on a square pedestal with the faces featuring reliefs representing the virtues of Temperance, Justice, Charity, and Patience, above which are gargoyles.
To the west of the square are the Romer buildings. To the east is the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, behind which is the Archäologischer Garten with the remains of the Roman settlements that gave Romer its name. The Alte Nikolaikirche stands on the south edge. The charming square has several cafés and shops all around. Walking towards the Main river, you can also see the Rententurm (Wharfinger's Tower), an old 15th century fortified tower in late Gothic style, which is connected to the Saalhof, an old 12th century castle building that was later modernized but never completely destroyed.
Römerberg, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
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