This historic cobblestone square is the hub of old Frankfurt. It has served as a venue for many events such as political elections, medieval games, such as jousting, and was the sight of public executions.
Here you will find half-timbered houses and shops, as well as the Old Nikolai Church, (Alte Nikolaikirche). The first mention of this Gothic church is from 1264, but historians believe that it actually dates back much further. It was dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of fishermen.
During the Reformation, the church was actually closed and the original altars were destroyed. For the next 150 years, the structure was utilized as a courtroom, a warehouse, and even for trade fairs. In the 15th century, the building was converted back into a house of worship.
The church was thankfully spared during the WWII bombings and is one of the few remaining historical buildings. If you are in the square at the top of the hour, you will hear a lovely symphony from its 47 bells. You can also climb to the top of the tower to get a great view of the square and nearby streets.
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