Photographer's Note

This is a part of the marketplace of Hildesheim with the so called "Knochenhaueramtshaus" in the middle of my photo. Hildesheim is situated in the German federal state Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony). Knochenhaueramtshus was the guild house of the butchers and it originally was built in the year 1529 - higher than the nearby city hall in order to show the economic and political influence of this guild. Some people say that it is the most beautiful half-timbered house of the world. Perhaps they are right. It's the true highlight of the marketplace with a lot of wonderful old buildings.
It is built in Gothic and Renaissance style and the whole facade is completely decorated with carvings.

Four big cellars in former times served as natural fridges and in the ground floor booths were established. In the upper floors there have been conference rooms and ballrooms and under the huge roof hides were dried. Today Knochenhaueramtshaus houses a rustic restaurant and the city museum.

To be honest - the original guild house was destroyed totally in World War II, in March 1945, and it was rebuilt true to the original in 1986. 400 cubic meters of oak-timber were needed for this really great undertaking and 4300 connections were established with more than 7500 treenails.

By the way - Hildesheim was founded about the year 815 as a bishop's see with a cathedral by Louis the Pious (in German: Ludwig der Fromme), a son of Charlemagne. Buildings in its Old Town today are a World Heritage Site of UNESCO.

In the workshop you can see other pictures of this incredible building.

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