The Mini-masons are building 

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Today, Maribo Miniature Town numbers about 60 buildings and has been under construction since 1995. After several years, the miniature town has finally found a permanent site at Østre Landevej 33, in Maribo.

In the mid-1800s Maribo had two exceptionally competent and creative master builders:
Mertins and Merkel. Each had a  different approach to their craft and usually worked separately. But the mini-masons still benefit from their extensive legacy of blueprints when re-creating the buildings for Maribo Miniature Town.
/murer_6.jpgThe diligent ”mini-craftsmen” have built three of the excise stalls – only the one from Østergade is still missing. Several other fascinating buildings have been completed, e.g. Brødregade 18 – Maribo’s, and indeed Lolland’s, first hospital 1846-1895. The unique half-timbered outbuilding, with mortuary, woodshed and bog, has also been completed.
 
 
 
                                                                   Maribo’s first hospital
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/murer_5.jpgThe beautiful half-timbered house from 1795 at Brødregade 7 near Gåsetorvet has also been completed. The large outbuilding is of particular interest.  From 1888 to 1917 it housed a prep school for young children. This half-timbered house also stands complete and has taken its place in the miniature town.

The orphanage - "Asylet'' - Brødregade 16 is on the drawing board. The same goes for Torvet 18. The outbuilding of Torvet 18 has been built.

 
  
 
Brødregade 7
 
/murer_4.jpgThe unique angular building at the corner of Brødregade has also been completed. In the early 20th century, the tavern ''Kronborg'' could be found at this address. The building was well placed for this kind of business, between Gåsetorvet and Bagtorvet where you often could encounter a horse market, a fun fair, or a circus.

The newly finished houses are exhibited behind the parish centre, ”Sognegården”, in Kirkestræde.

 
                                                     
                                                       The former tavern "Kronborg"


 
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The miniature town’s most ambitious project to date is the construction of the town hall. The skillful building contractor of the town hall was master builder Johan Carl Mertins, who encountered some difficulty getting the building plans approved. Mertins had also been the building contractor of the hospital in 1846, and some of the town councillors now asked Mertins if he believed this to be a new hospital, only on a larger scale.
 
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The blueprint shows the corbiestep gables and tower, typical of old manor houses. The tower featured an iron balcony from which successive mayors could address the populace assembled in the square.