In the centre of Lemgo, on the market square next to the church of St. Nikolai, is the town hall of the old Hanseatic city, which is a very special testimony to German architectural history. Since the impressive building contains stylistic elements from the Gothic and Weser Renaissance periods, it is considered an important architectural monument spanning several epochs. Planning extended over several centuries and resulted in the very elaborately designed façades and precious stone carvings of today. The various elements of the town hall were built between the 14th and 17th centuries. Initially, the Gothic hall was used as a market hall and only later as the town hall. Today, the townscape at the town hall is characterised by components from the Renaissance.