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Rynok Square (or Market Square) is the heart of Lviv. It forms an almost equilateral rectangle 142 and 129 meters on the sides. The present-day Square is framed by 44 richly decorated mansions. Till the early 18th century, houses surrounded the old City Hall in the middle of the Square. However, with time they were all demolished. When a Lviv inhabitant wants to play a trick on an unsuspecting visitor, he makes an appointment to meet at N1, Rynok Square. After some roaming around the Square, the visitor realizes that the meeting place is by the City Hall, the main edifice in Lviv.
The City Hall has been re-erected three times. The City Hall made of wood burnt down in 1527. Its "successor" collapsed in 1825. Having carefully examined the state of the building, the city committee concluded that it was strong enough to survive another hundred years and it only needed some minor redecoration. While the authorities were approving the resolution and the estimated costs for tin-repair, a local official rushed into the room and informed the committee that the City Hall had collapsed. Right after the construction of the present-day City Hall was completed, the locals nicknamed it a "huge and hideous chimney". The new City Hall (by architects Yu. Marklya and F. Tresher), which consists of 156 rooms and 9 halls, was designed to meet the needs of the authorities. Yet, today's Lviv officials find the building too small and keep rebuilding the upper floor.