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Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall (13)

The former Buda town hall was built at the end of the 17th Century by the Italian architect Venerio Ceresola on what were the remains of various gothic buildings. Building work took seventy years and was carried out in different stages. It is worth knowing that the first municipal meeting took place here in 1710, and that the building gave up its administrative duties in 1873, when the cities of Buda and Pest were finally united. 

You will be able to observe that today the building is the headquarters of Budapest College and is a place full of studious activity during the academic year. It is also during this period that you are free to have a look inside. 

Worth particular attention are the elegant proportions of the building and its magnificent interior staircase, which is divided into two sections. Under the balcony, in another part of the building, is a feminine statue representing Pallas Athena, who protects the city not with any type of weapon but in her role as goddess of wisdom. This piece was donated by the Italian master Carlo Adami.

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