Leipzig's New City Hall was built on the site of the Pleissenburg, a fortification which had stood on this site (in different forms) since the 13th Century. The Old City Hall on the Market Square had become too small for the growing city.
The design was decided by competition - with the winner being the city building director, Hugo Licht. The powerful design was meant to symbolize the strength of the middle class vs. the aristocracy.
The building is decorated inside and out with numerous sculptures and reliefs from the hands of artists such as Georg Wrba, Adolf Lehnert, and Carl Seffner.
The cost of the structure was some 8 million Marks, making it one of the most expensive city hall projects of its time.
The building consists of around 600 rooms.
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