Franeker City Hall, Franeker

#7 of 29 in Historic Sites in Friesland Province
Government Building · Architectural Building
Franeker City Hall (Dutch: Stadhuis van Franeker) is the city hall of the municipality of Franeker, Netherlands, one of the eleven historical cities of Friesland. The building dates from 1591–1594 and was built in Frysian renaissance style.

The first stone was laid on June 24, 1591. The building took a total of three years. Above the main entrance the coat of arms of Friesland is shown, and along the leadlights on the first floor, another 27 coats of arms are placed. It is a national monument and part of the Top 100 Dutch heritage sites. It is a rijksmonument since February 21, 1967, and is one of only three Frisian entries in the Top 100 Dutch heritage sites.

The Dutch House in Brookline, Massachusetts, in the United States of America, was built as a partial copy of the Franeker City Hall, and is itself on the US National Register of Historic Places.
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  • FRANEKER was home to an old university that Napoleon closed in 1810. It is a cross from the deaths oldest working planetarium. It was a center of early Frisian culture.  more »
  • Very impressive building, in the middel of the very old and picturesque city of Franeker. The stained glas windows. The window sills and steps.  more »
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