advertisement

One of the most impressive houses in the city was reopened to the public after extensive renovation. The Court, so named after King Arthur (though he had nothing to do with this place), was founded as a meeting place for the town's wealthiest traders and leading dignitaries. The house dates from the 14th century but was remodeled several times, including once in the 19th century when it was given its neo-Gothic look to be in vogue with the prevailing trends. The exterior was demolished in World War II, but many of the interior pieces had been removed beforehand and survived the fighting. In the main hall, the over 10m-tall (33-ft.) Renaissance furnace dates from mid-16th century. It has 520 tiles, many of which have embossed faces of townspeople. Slip through the back door to find the small yard with samples of Gothic stone portals.