Morąg – town hall

History

   The town hall in Morąg was erected around 1360-1380 or, according to other sources, around 1444. In the following centuries, the building was destroyed several times as a result of fires and warfare, however it was rebuilt every time. That was, among others in 1697, 1843 and in 1945. The last renovation of the building took place in 2003-2006.

Architecture

   The town hall was situated in the middle of the market square, in the central part of the town. It was built as a Gothic building made of red bricks, built on a rectangular plan with two highly fragmented gables crowning the shorter sides. In the west and east elevations, two large, strongly moulded, ogival entrance portals, flanked by pointed windows were placed. Windows of a similar shape were also pierced on the ground floor from the north and south, while window openings on the first floor were closed with segmental arches. The walls were topped with stepped and pinnacle gables with pointed-arched blendes. The whole building was covered with a gable roof made of tiles.

Current state

   Despite numerous fires and subsequent reconstructions, the building has retained its original shape and to a large extent, the original shape of the façades. The most striking early modern addition is the nineteenth-century wooden turret, four-sided in the lower parts and octagonal in the upper parts. Currently it houses a tourist information point, it is also the seat of non-governmental organizations.

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bibliography:
Pawlak R., Polska. Zabytkowe ratusze, Warszawa 2003.

Website leksykonkultury.ceik.eu, Ratusz w Morągu.