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Konzil Edifice, Konstanz: 4 reviews and 8 photos

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  • Konzil building - Konstanz
      Konzil building
    by german_eagle
  • Konzil building - Konstanz
      Konzil building
    by german_eagle

The so called "Konzilgebäude" has by far not the most interesting architecture in Konstanz, even less so as it is not accessible for sightseeing - it is now an upscale restaurant and conference place. But it is quite picturesque and seeing it may peek interest of people to know more about its history. That's where it becomes interesting.

Erected in 1388 as building for the merchants (Konstanz was on a main trading route from Milan to Germany) it was the upper hall where in 1417 Pope Martin V was elected during the council of Konstanz - the largest conference in medieval times with about 50,000 participants. The council had historic significance. With the election of the new Pope the schism of the three Popes (John XXIII, Benedict XIII, Gregor XII) was overcome. The sad part of the council was the execution of Jan Hus, though.

When I visited construction works went on in the building. I saw a sign with "Restoration" on it, but I guess its more redesign for larger conferences and more upscale dining in the future. Anyway, the average tourist won't be able to see the interior anyway.

Directions: right by the harbour
Website: http://www.konzil-konstanz.de

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 24, 2011
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