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|General Description||This quaint, wooden structure in Aachen, Germany is an appendage to neighbouring buildings, one of these being Aachen's City Hall (German: Rathaus). Its two storeys are executed in wood.
For Aachen, the wooden composition of this strange, little building is unusual. As a result of devastating fires, centuries back, it was from the 17th century onwards the municipally-enforced practice for new structures to be made of brick or stone.
The basic design of the building dates at least from the 17th century, and was originally in a nearby, rather that at its actual, location. While a previous version of the building did not survive total descruction in World War Two, the exisiting building is a reconstruction from the 1940s.
The name of the building is the Postwagen, the German word for stagecoach. The establishment is in fact a stagecoach-theme restaurant. A painted sign depicting a stagecoach protrudes from the building, recalling its era's fastest form of travel, prior to the coming of the railroad. The sign depicts a coach drawn by two horses, and astride one of them is a top-hatted horseman playing a posthorn, and another top-hatted figure drives the horses, while inside the carriage a lady dressed in clothing from about two centuries ago may be distinguished. Interestingly, the posthorn played by one of the horsemen closely resembles the stylized posthorn still employed by Deutsche Post, the German postal administration
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