Council of Constance building

Both historical and modern, the Council of Constance building can look back on 600 years’ experience as a meeting place right by the harbour with views of the lake and the Alps.


Built between 1388 and 1391 as a grain store and warehouse, it later became the venue for the Constance canvas fair. From 8 to 11 November 1417, a conclave convened here and elected Cardinal Otto Colonna, under the name Martin V, as the sole Pope. This was the only time a pope was elected north of the Alps. The Council of Constance building has since been sympathetically converted into a modern conference and events venue owned by Konzil-Gaststätten-Hölzl-Gastronomie GmbH.

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