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Medieval Braunschweig actually consisted of five separate and independent cities, called Weichbilde , which were surrounded and united by a common fortification. Each of the five had its own administration and its own centre with market square, town hall, and parish church.
One of the five centres, the one of the Weichbild Altstadt, is still complete. The square, named Altstadtmarkt, serves as market square each Saturday morning (and I don't remember on which other weekday). The splendid gothic town hall contains a historic festival hall, the Dornse , which is used by the city for official receptions. The bronze fountain in the square, now a copy, recalls those times when Braunschweig was a centre of metal founding.
The church of St. Martini, the parish church of the Altstadt, owes the countless works of art inside to the wealth of the Altstadt citizens, among them many successful merchants.
All these buildings have got their share in the air raids of World War II and had to be repaired or even rebuilt. I still remember the flat provisional roofs on the two steeples of Martini church, which were only substituted by the high spires in the 1980s.
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