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Dublin City Hall

Dublin City Hall was built between 1769 and 1779 and was originally used as a financial centre by the merchants of Dublin. Designed by the architect Thomas Cooley, it was first known as the Royal Exchange. In 1851 it was bought by Dublin Corporation and later renamed Dublin City Hall.

This beautiful building has a rich and interesting history just waiting to be discovered. Immediately when you enter, you are in a beautiful domed area, the Rotunda. Twelve columns support the dome with a mural between each one. There are twelve murals in total, eight of which depict a famous legendary or historical scene such as St. Patrick baptising the King of Dublin. The remaining four show the Coat of Arms of the four provinces: Ulster, Leinster, Connacht and Munster. In the centre of the floor, directly under the dome, a mosaic depicting the Coat of Arms of Dublin is encircled by four statues. These four statues are of figures that played an important role in the development of Irish society.

The Rotunda is impressive not only for its breathtaking elegance and beauty but for its rich and vibrant history. Admission to this beautiful entrance hall is free and it can also be hired for events such as civil wedding ceremonies, book launches and fashion shows.

The Royal Exchange, or City Hall as it is now known, is without doubt one of Dublin's finest and most sophisticated 18th century buildings and marks the introduction to Ireland of the European neo-classical style of architecture.

City Hall was the hub of Dublin's civic administration from 1852 until early in 1995 when the Corporation moved its headquarters to the newly completed Civic Offices at Wood Quay. City Hall is still however the focal point for Dublin City Council's elected members who meet in plenary session on the first Monday of each month in the historic Council Chamber. The Lord Mayor of Dublin presides at meetings of the City Council, which the public may attend by prior arrangement and the various committees of the City Council meet almost every day in the Member's Room to make decisions affecting all aspects of civic administration.

City Hall, in all its restored splendour, is central to Dublin's civic governance, and in this magnificent building, Dublin City Council has placed in trust a priceless treasure for future generations further signalling its commitment to valuing and preserving the great cultural heritage of the nation's capital city.