Bremen market square at the beginning of the 20th century. From left to right you can see:- The west side of the town hall with the entrance to the Ratskeller.- Before that stood the Kaiser Wilhelm I. monument since 1893. It was dismantled in May 1942 and given in June 1942 as a "metal donation". The pedestal was removed after the war.- The New Stock Exchange on the east side of the marketplace. The old gabled houses had been demolished to make room for the 1861-1864 built new commercial building. It was a large neo-gothic construction portal staircase and two towers. The stock market was completely destroyed on December 20, 1943 during an Allied air raid during the Second World War. At the beginning of the 60s, a modern building with stone and glass façades was built in its place, which serves as the seat of the Bremen citizenship.- Bremer Baumwollbörse: It is a legally binding association whose aim is the preservation and promotion of the interests of all those involved in the cotton trade and the first processing of cotton. The ornate building also fell victim to the aerial bombs and was replaced by a more simple building.