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Cathays Park -City Hall is a civic building in Cathays Park, Cardiff, Wales. Built of Portland stone, it became the fifth building to serve as Cardiff's centre of local government when it opened in October 1906. The competition to design a town hall and adjacent law courts for Cardiff was won in 1897 by the firm of Lanchester, Stewart and Rickards. Construction was carried out by local builders, E. Turner and Sons. Cardiff received its city charter while construction was underway, in 1905. The building is an important early example of the Edwardian Baroque style.

The distinctive Clock Tower is 194 feet in height has a 12 foot diameter gilded dial on each of its four faces. The clock mechanism includes an hour bell and four quarter bells which are each inscribed with mottoes in English or Welsh.

In front of the entrance portico is a rectangular pool with fountains. These were created in July 1969 to mark the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.The Council chamber is located above the main entrance portico and directly below the main dome of the building. The chamber was designed to host Cardiff's Council meetings (which have subsequently been relocated to Atlantic Wharf). The dome of City Hall is supported by four massive pillars of Italian marble. The Chamber is panelled throughout in oak.

Nearby in Cathays Park is the National Museum, The Law Courts, and other Civic buildings in additional to those utilised by the Welsh Assembly Government - the whole making a very beautiful architectural and landscaped area well worth a long stroll around.

Source & More Information:Wikipedia,Wikipedia, City Hall, Cardiff, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Hall,_Cardiff


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