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Old stock exchange: photos, description (Alte Handelsboerse)

Old stock exchange is a unique architectural monument of Leipzig, this historic building is located on the area of the Naschmarkt. The building was built in 1687 and completed in the Baroque style, which had not only Italian and Dutch, but also some elements of the Renaissance.

The old exchange was built by the architect from Saxony, Johann Georg Starke. In this construction it is possible to see many Parallels with his other creations, such as the Palace a Large garden and the house Italian garden in Dresden. In 1816 the building had to go through reconstruction, which involved such architects as Friedrich Weinbrenner and Johann Carl Friedrich Dauth. But subsequently, in the period from 1905 to 1907 when work began on the next to change the appearance of the exchange, she got back her original form.

The main entrance of this majestic building is located in the heart of the southern facade, it is made in the form of beautiful arches, the sides of which are columns. Above it can be seen as angels holding gilt arms of the city of Leipzig. One of the angels holds in his hand the rod of mercury, which previously was considered a symbol of a successful trade. Ascending the white staircase, you can see that the roof of the Old exchange is flat and bounded by balustrade. Its corners are made by talented sculptor Hans Caspar Landtmanna statues of these mythical figures, like mercury, Venus, Apollo and Minerva.

On the second floor of the facility was the Exchange hall, where he held various auctions. Unfortunately, in 1943 the building of the Old exchange and the decoration was completely destroyed, it was reconstructed only to 1962. Currently in the trading room often hosts a variety of events, including exhibitions, readings and concerts.