The Freemasons Lodge, called “Drei Thore des Tempele” (“Three Temple Gates”) in Kętrzyn was founded on October 9th, 1818. The construction work lasted four years. The townsfolk as well as contemporary tourists could admire this architectural wonder from 1864. This small two-storey building, built on a rectangular plan, is surrounded by four octagonal towers. The Neo-Gothic look of the façade and shape of the building itself were inspired by late English Gothic architecture. During World War I, the lodge suspended its activity until 1918. The building was then refurbished, and in 1925 it was bought by a salesman, Max Rudzio. When the Nazis came to power, the “Three Temple Gates” lodge was dissolved, and the town took over its property. From the end of World War II until the 1960s the building hosted the County Cultural Centre, which had a projection room and cinema there. In 1999 the building was completely restored. Nowadays it hosts a Tourist Information Centre and it is also the seat of the Arno Holz Association for Polish and German Agreement.

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