The Town Hall, Alicante
This beautiful building is Alicante's Town Hall,it is located just behind La Explanada Park in downtown.You can go inside and see the building and sometimes also its offer some interesting expositions.After the Town Hall,it starts the old town of the city with some nice places to see and a lot of narrow streets
The present Town Hall was built in the 18th century in baroque style. The façade is decorated with barley-sugar columns. The two towers characterize this building. Inside, the Blue Hall belongs to the style of the Queen Isabel. Paintings of well known artists such as Padilla, Cabrera, Amorós and Gastón Castelló decorate the rooms.
The geographical elevation in Spain is measured from the reference point marked at the foot of the main staircase of the Town Hall, called “cota cero” (zero altitude).
In the pictures, the Town Hall is adorned for the Holy Week processions.
If you are visiting the Town Hall another good idea if you are tired of walk too much,is stop on this small and nice square just in front of Town Hall.Here you'll find also some shops and two small bars to have a nice and cold or hot drink.
This baroque work of civil architectonics was designed by architect Lorenzo Chápuli and built on the site of the former city hall in the 18th century.Visitors can admire its ornamental elements such as the barley-sugar columns on the facade or its two towers. Inside there are several remarkable rooms such as the Salón Azul styled from the period of Spain's Queen Isabel, the Salón de Plenos meeting hall and a chapel in which mass is held.
Throughout the various rooms in the building, visitors can admire interesting works by Padilla, Cabrera, Amorós and Alicante's own Gastón Castelló.
At the foot of the building's main staircase is the so-called "Cota Cero", the reference point from which the altitude of Spain's various cities is measured in metres above sea level.
A modern building has recently been constructed alongside the Ayuntamiento. On the ground floor of these municipal premises, visitors can view the interesting archaeological remains on display under the heading of "Alicante, la ciudad descubierta" or "Alicante, the city unveiled".
The town hall is one of the most representative buildings in Alicante. Constructed in 1968 and rebuilt after the overwhelming bombings of the French, it shows an openly barroque architectural style. The building is often limited to local government use, but when it is a local celebration or a demonstration going on (Carnaval, Hogueras, New Year's Eve...), the pedestrian area in front of the building suddenly becomes everybody's favourite background.
Visits are welcome for the town hall of Alicante. Inside the building you can find interesting paintings (Padilla, Cabrera, Amorós, etc), a little chapel and cool pottery works. If you finally go in, don't leave without visiting the Blue Room (el Salón Azul) and the first step of the stairs that lead towards it, since you'll be stepping on the point used in Spain to measure every single altitude.
The most impressive building in Alicante is the Town Hall, hosted by a beautiful and harmonious Barroque palace from the XVII century.