FRIEDRICH-SCHMIDT-PLATZ 1, 1010 WIEN, AUSTRIA

The Rathaus
Neo-Gothic Town Hall built between 1872 - 1883.
A law in Vienna stated no building could exceed higher than a church. The nearby Votivekirche stands at 99m tall. But the city believed a church could not be taller than the town hall. So they placed a Rathausmann on top to be used as a metal lightening rod & a loophole to get around the law for the town hall to stand at 105m tall

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