7. 5. 2013
Crocodile or dragon? The Old Town Hall in Brno
The Brno Dragon and Brno Wheel are well-known symbols of the city and are linked with several legends. You can only see them with your own eyes in the building of the former Town Hall in the Moravian Capital near to Zelný trh. It will surprise you to learn that it was a crocodile which the people of Brno thought to be a fairytale dragon. The Gothic gateway, which you enter the building by, is also worthy of your attention. It is as if the famous builder Anton Pilgram was making fun of Gothic art by allowing the decorated middle turret (technically an obelisk) to create the illusion of it falling on people passing underneath. Inside the building, you can visit a gallery and historical halls as well as climb the 63m tower with Renaissance roofs.