Hotel-de-Ville - Town Hall, Lausanne
Built built it between 1673 and 1675 according to the plans of the Lausanne architect Abraham de Crousaz, Hotel-de-Ville – the Town Hall has been the pivotal point of civic life in Lausanne since that time. Greatly admired since its creation, the Town Hall is the most interesting example of the 17th century Vaud architecture. Unique decorative elements of the building are two remarkable iron forged gargoyles.
The Town Hall served several functions: politically – it was both the home and symbol of the city's power; economically – the halls of its ground floor housed the wheat market; defensively – the bells of its belfry warned of danger.
In 1766, in this building, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at the age of ten, gave two concerts.
Ground floor of the Town Hall – the passage connecting Place de la Palud and Place de la Louve, is still the market, not wheat market anymore, but one with many different stuff including Lausanne and Vaud souvenirs.
Built in the 16 the century, the Town Hall has been the pivotal of civic life in Lausanne since that time. The building is composed of three floors. At ground level are the arcades, the first floor has impressive windows and the second floor shorter bays topped off by a large sloping roof typical of Vaudois architecture /countryside. Although no official tour is provided you are free to walk around.