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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.
The Alte Nikolaikirche (Old Nikolai Church) can be found in the southern section of Frankfurt's Römerberg for centuries. Initially designed as a chapel for the neighboring Stauferpfalz Palace, the church was later used for mass and prayer by the town council. In the 15th Century, the building underwent changes and the watchtower was made higher to enable watchmen to signal to ships on the river from the top of the tower. Members of the council could also watch the festivities on the Römerberg from the extended rooftop. A hundred years later, this place of worship was turned into a warehouse and silo. Today, the facade of the late Gothic, doubled-naved church is painted in its original colors of white and red.
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.
Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt is a multi-functional space as well as academy center that offers courses such as Theology, Art, Youth, Business, Medicine, and Ethics. They also have rental spaces for cultural events based on history, ethnicity and much more which are well-equipped with modern facilities like light and acoustic installations.
The Nürnberg Hof, which was built in around 1410, offered visiting merchants a place to store and sell their wares. From the 16th Century onwards it was used as an inn, where the emperor Frederick III and his son Maximilian I were reputed to have stayed. In 1905, however, the building fell victim to reconstruction work which was being carried out at the time. Only the south corridor remains in its original state. The vaults containing old coats of arms are worth seeing. A Gothic door with ornamental ironwork can still be found in the west wing.
The house where Goethe was born on August 28, 1749, is a fine example of how the affluent lived in the late Baroque era. In 1733, Goethe's family acquired two neighboring half-timbered houses in Großen Hirschgraben. The family sold the property in 1795, by which time Goethe himself had already moved to Weimar. It is also worth taking a trip to the adjoining Goethe Museum, which was renovated and contains both a library and a bookshop. The house itself is a reconstruction of the original which was destroyed during World War II.
In the 14th Century, a rich Frankfurt patrician erected a chapel next to the city walls. The chapel was later extended into a Gothic hall with a bell tower called Liebfrauenkirche. During the 18th Century, the inside of the church received ornate rococo fittings, and during the 19th Century, the Three Kings portal was given a vestibule. After severe damage in the War, the whole place was rebuilt in 1954. A wooden roof has now replaced the Gothic original, and from the original interior, only the figures on the altar remain.
The chapel in the Saalhof palace, dating back to the 12th Century, is one of the few buildings in the complex which has survived in its original state. This place of worship was built in 1175 and today is part of the baroque Burnitzbau, which was built much later. The church has a hexagonal floor plan and ribbed vaulting. Just like the rest of the Saalhof, the chapel is now an integral part of the Museum of Local History.