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Located on Bethmannstrasse, amidst a row of buildings, Bethmannhof building is home to the Bethmann Bank. This splendid historical structure is nestled in Frankfurt's Innenstadt neighborhood. Apart from housing the bank, Bethmannhof is now used for various organized events.
Built between 1460 and 1520, this historic monastery is worth a visit for its architecture alone. Yet there is much more to see than just thick brick walls. The refectory is considered to be one of the most beautiful Renaissance-period buildings in the city, and Joerg Ratgeb's frescos in the hallway rank among the most important wall-paintings in the whole of Europe. After the last monks (of the Karmeliter Order) left the monastery in 1803, it was turned into a military barracks. Nowadays, Karmeliterkloster is home to the Museum of Early History, the Institute of Urban History and a public art gallery.
The spectacular coral sandstone facade of St.Paul's Church is a landmark and also a unique anomaly in Frankfurt. Paulskirche (St. Paul's Church) became famous not as a church, but as a meeting place. Built to replace the Barfüßerkirche (Church of the Barefooted), it was opened in 1833. The first freely-elected German parliament sat here in 1848; it met 99 times and passed 59 articles which are still part of the German constitution today. Destroyed in an air-raid in 1944, the church was rebuilt immediately after World War II as a memorial to the aftermath of war. The simple hall is now a venue for important events such as the annual German Peace Prize ceremony and the City of Frankfurt's Goethe Prize awards.
Hauptwache is a place very popular among the locals and the tourists alike. With a history that dates back to the 18th Century, this open space has stood the testimony of time. Hauptwache means the "main guardhouse" in English and a brown baroque structure is the focal point of this plaza. The Hauptwache has hosted the beautiful flower market. So when in Frankfurt, Hauptwache is a place that just cannot be missed.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was baptized at this simple church in downtown Frankfurt. The baroque church was built in 1678-1681 on the remains of what used to be a monastery. It was completely destroyed and rebuilt shortly after World War II, although the splendid interior decor could not be restored. The outside of the building is now all that is left of this great church. Today, the church works to support the homeless, who come here for shelter and a warm meal.
It's easy to miss the Heinrich Hoffmann Fountain next to the exit of Hauptwache U-Bahn (underground) station. The fountain is decorated with bronze figures made famous by the Frankfurt writer who achieved worldwide recognition with his children's classic, Struwwelpeter. Hoffmann himself stands in the center of the fountain, surrounded by characters from his tales such as 'Hans-Head-in-the-Air', 'Little Paulina', 'Friedrich' and many other childhood figures.
The beautiful, decadent Kaisersaal in the Römer City Hall stands as the building's largest draw. It's the home to a great many 19th-century paintings and as the name suggests houses the paintings of the German kings of the Holy Roman Empire. Back in the day, the room hosted coronation banquets. Today, the room is often used for hosting important events and festivities. Its stunning blend of Gothic and Medieval Romantic architecture lend it an aura of mystery and elegance.
Frankfurt Town Hall, as it stands today, is made up of a melee of different buildings. The first buildings to be constructed here were the Zum Römer House and the next-door guest-house, Goldener Schwan in 1405. At the beginning of the 20th Century, two building complexes (north and south) were erected next to Paulsplatz and were joined by a bridge. Designed in a Renaissance and Baroque architectural style, these buildings fit in well with the earlier buildings. They are decorated with reliefs depicting local events, such as the harvesting of cider apples. One particular draw is the exquisitely decorated Kaisersaal (Emperor's Hall) in the Rathaus (city hall). The Rathaus is the seat of the Lord Mayor of Frankfurt.