Dublin City Hall is located next to Dublin Castle and a prime example for the Georgian architecture Dublin is known for. It was previously the Royal Exchange, built between 1769 and 1779 by architect Thomas Cooley.
Its original purpose was to create a space where Dublin's businessmen could meet and discuss as well as trade. The building boasts many neo-classical features such as the entrance hall, or Rotunda, with a large dome supported by twelve columns designed by Simon Vierpyl. It is surrounded by an ambulatory where the merchants could stroll around and socialize.
In 1851 the Act of Union had devastating effects on Dublin's economy and the Royal Exchange was closed. The City bought the building and converted it for use as much needed office space for the city government. The Dublin City Council held its meetings here and it was renamed Dublin City Hall. Massive renovations from 1998 to 2000 restored the Rotunda to its former glory.
Today City Council meetings are still held here every first Monday of the month but most of the City's administration has moved to a new location. The building also houses a multimedia exhibition on Dublin's history from 1170 to today called "Dublin's City Hall - The Story of Dublin".
It includes interactive elements as well as paintings, films, models and objects that tell the story of Dublin. Audio guides are available in English, Irish, French, German, Spanish and Italian. City Hall is fully wheelchair accessible and has a souvenir shop and café.
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