My friend was disappointed that the Town Hall was closed for renovations, but she did point out a few interesting details.

The facade of Town Hall has been renovated to show four styles of architecture.  However, I can't identify them for you!

The facade of Town Hall has been renovated to show four styles of architecture. However, I can't identify them for you!

These old pieces of iron on the wall by the entrance to the town hall's courtyard designated the allowed lengths for daggers (left) and swords (right).

These old pieces of iron on the wall by the entrance to the courtyard designated the allowed lengths for daggers (left) and swords (right).

Legend says that a corrupt official in Bratislava’s town hall refused to help a widow in distress.  He denied that he could provide help by saying, “may the devil take me away if I am lying.”  Well, the devil showed up and carried him off!  The official tried to grabbed hold of the wall to protect himself — he was unsuccessful but his image appeared on the wall (to the right of the window) as a warning to future officials of the dangers of corruption.

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