The City Hall.
The first documental record about the City Hall as 'The Citizen House' belongs to the period of 1135-1152. When the city got the status of a free city-country, it was decided to build a tower on the City Hall. The tower has late gothic style and it's decorated with more than 130 stone statues. It is the building, where the well-known 'Platz-Jabbec' takes place (it's a cut out face, which opens its month and shows to everyone its tongue every time the currants go). In 1569 William Fernukker added a Renaissance outhouse to the front. This City Hall bower was saved during the world war; unfortunately we can't say the same about the building of the City Hall, which was destroyed by the fire. Its reconstruction became the symbol of the revival of life. In 1950 the Cologne craftsmen created the 'workshop of builders and stone dressers for the City Hall reconstruction'.
Louis Museum set the pitch in modern German art. It's situated behind Cologne Cathedral in the centre of the city. The museum exhibits works of different times starting with the previous century and ending with present day. The most famous is the section of American pop-art. It has the largest collection of works in this style, located not in the USA. It contains the works by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Roy Fox Lichtenstein. There also a big number of works by Picasso.
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