Hall (architecture)

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The Antiquarium in the Munich Residenz , the largest profane Renaissance hall north of the Alps
The former ticket office of the Lübeck tax authorities

A hall (from Old High German sal , based on a name for the Germanic one-room house) is a large room in architecture that often serves representative purposes. You can find magnificent halls especially in castles , palaces , town halls and monasteries . A famous example is the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles .


Often parties and balls were held in the halls. Larger rooms, even in modern buildings, are therefore often still referred to as ballrooms and ballrooms . The terms event hall, theater hall or concert hall are also frequently used, although these rooms usually do not come close to doing justice to the traditional concept of a hall.

In the Lower German town houses there was very often a larger room, which is already referred to as a hall in the old documents. This was mostly in the back of the house and usually had a cellar. It served the master of the house as a bedchamber, but also as a representation room where celebrations were held and important contracts were concluded.

Hall as a construction term

In terms of construction, the term hall describes a large room not divided by columns or pillars . Of these, the term is Hall delineated, one by columns or pillars into several equally high Ships describes divided space.

Web links

Wiktionary: Saal  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Friedrich Kluge , Alfred Götze : Etymological dictionary of the German language . 20th ed., Ed. by Walther Mitzka , De Gruyter, Berlin / New York 1967; Reprint (“21st unchanged edition”) ibid 1975, ISBN 3-11-005709-3 , p. 473.
  2. Hans Koepf , Günther Binding : Picture Dictionary of Architecture (= Kröner's pocket edition . Volume 194). 3. Edition. Kröner, Stuttgart 1999, ISBN 3-520-19403-1 .