Budweis City Hall, Baroque style, 1730 by tmrother

Budweis City Hall stood on this spot since 1555. The building burned in fire and was rebuild in 1730 by Anton Erhardt Martinelli and Italian architect living in Vienna. The fresh look was achieved by last major renovation in 1999. Its richly decorated façade, makes it on of the most attractive building in the city and shows it’s citizen pride.On the roof are the statues of four supposedly bourgeois virtues: Wisdom, Caution, Courage and Justice. Caution and Courage have to probably fight it out all the time. I would choose probably Awareness, Engagement, Decency (Fairness), and Courteousness. A politician today would prefer Obedience and Ignorance. They are blessed, as many burghers in my city display these traits, when it comes to select a leader. (Current Mayor is actually pretty good choice.)
The Baroque ‘Samson fountain’ in front, is one of the largest of its kind in the country. The base is 17 m in diameter. Build by František Baugaut in 1727. It features sculpture of Samson on the lion.

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