Old Town Hall, Brno, Czech Republic

Can you spot anything unusual in this pic below?

Observe carefully. The middle turret is crooked, isn’t it? Walking down the old streets of Brno, Czech Republic, we came across this facade of the Old Town Hall. It is evident the building has been altered at many parts, but the facade, the most impressive part of the building is untouched. It dates back to 13th century. That crooked spire has a story attached to it.

The city caretakers had hired architect Antonin Pilgram for the construction of the Town Hall. He was promised huge amount of money for completing the facade and gate beautifully. Antonin Pilgram completed the Gothic portal beautifully, but the town councilors went back on their promise. This angered him and in revenge he left the turret above the statue of righteousness crooked, to remind the councilors of their corruption.

The moral of the story is: Don’t mess with architects and constructors!

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43 Responses

  1. Jinksy says:

    Interesting story to explain a quirky feature…

  2. That is a very beautiful building. I really am taken by how the front appears as a 'relief.' And the story behind the crooked spire is so interesting. I really enjoyed this post!

  3. magiceye says:

    that is so interesting!

  4. Interesting story. I had never seen a Lady Justice without a blindfold. It was only imposed on her about the 15th century.

  5. George says:

    Thanks for the interesting story. The town hall is beautiful, even with the crooked spire.

  6. now thats a crooked story.. Nice


  7. Anu says:

    What an interesting story… reminds me of some similar ones from our temples….. sculptors and architects do leave some marks behind!

  8. Reader Wil says:

    Interesting post, Indrani! This story about the the town council gives the building an extra dimension.
    Thanks for the visit. Everybody seems to have read the story about Hans Brinkers, but the story is completely unknown in the Netherlands.

  9. Interesting post with an interesting story of the spire. Thanks.

  10. Nice building and the moral.

  11. Jama says:

    Interesting story and that turret is very pretty.

  12. Leora says:

    Nasty of them. I can't blame him for making it crooked! Beautiful artisanry.

  13. Great story. Maybe they were ok with it because it gave them a better view through the window.

  14. That was one smart architect.. a crooked spire for the crooked councillors… enjoyed the story.

  15. realy wonderful….. some people have great visions

  16. i think this makes it more interesting. i like it crooked.

  17. Lesley says:

    Interesting story – and even more interesting that in all these centuries it has never been altered!

  18. arabesque says:

    oh! tnx for posting this Indrani. ^0^
    you made me miss Czech, was there for a summer trip in '04, sadly, I don't have my dig.cam yet.
    ooh, i would definitely re-browse my old fotos for this crooked turret, I don't remember it being crooked though, but then, I think I was so amazed by the surroundings that I wasn't paying any attention to the tour guide either. ^0^

    ps: hoping you could post more on this side of town.

    great pics too. ^-^

  19. Great picture and great story on it, like the one of the Pied Piper of Hamlyn.

  20. Intersting story! compliments to you for the observation and colating the details

  21. Interesting story 🙂

  22. Shrikant says:

    Intresting story. We have many stories like this in India. One famous is of architect of Taj Mahal.

  23. Rachna says:

    hehe Now that is a good story to remember. Very interesting.

  24. What an unusual fact! thanks for sharing

  25. yogi Saraswat says:

    he left the turret above the statue of righteousness crooked, to remind the councilors of their corruption.Interesting story of revenge !! Beautiful shot Indrani ji

  26. Beautiful click, Indrani. And thanks for sharing the story of that crooked spire.

  27. Chaitali says:

    Back then when I was newly married my husband was posted here….it reminded me of those days….beautiful place and capture.

  28. wow! What an interesting story! Beautifully captured 🙂

  29. It gets more twisted in the second pictures. Poor architects must be really pissed and angry! Love how you conveyed emotions in the shots.

  30. Jyothi D'mello says:

    What a fab story and the pictures are lovely. Indeed never mess with the architects 😉

  31. divsi says:

    haha! Loved the story behind the pic! 🙂

  32. Raji Muthukrishnan says:

    Crooked turret for crooked councillors

  33. Don’t mess with an architect! Too funny – thanks for sharing this quirky little travel & history fact. I hope to make it to the Czech Republic one day!

  34. Gina says:

    The moral of this story is definitely not to mess with the artist! I can’t believe the town counselors went back on their promise to him. Talk about corruption! The building is forever a memory to stay honest.

  35. The hall is really beautiful with lovely story. Would love to visit someday. Interesting to know about that story of revenge to highlight the corruption!

  36. I love the story behind this! Good on him. Serves them right for going back on their word!

  37. neha says:

    Such an interesting structure and an equally interesting story behind it! Agree, shouldn’t mess with architects.

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