Cádiz City Hall

If you’re visiting Cádiz, you should not miss the opportunity to visit its City Hall. This building is the best example of the city’s civil architecture in its greatest period of historic and artistic splendour.

Cádiz City Hall was built in 1799 on the foundations of the previous city halls, in two different stages: the first, Neoclassical phase was begun in 1799 by Torcuato Benjumeda, and the second phase, the interior, is in the Isabelline style and was designed by García del Álamo in 1861. In 1936 the flag of Andalusia was raised for the first time.

The classical style façade covers three storeys and a clock tower. The ground floor has an arcade with Roman arches built in ostionera stone, and above it, the central part of the façade is made up of a large balcony supported by slim ionic columns that give the building a touch of elegance. It is topped by a triangular pediment decorated with a relief of ‘Hercules with the lion and pillars’ that gives the façade its stately appearance.

The city hall resembles the most important building of Ancient Greece, the Parthenon. The building is completed by a balustrade and a central tower that recreates the features of the previous city hall’s tower. It is also almost identical to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Lighthouse at Alexandria, as the top part of the building has a square base with a balustrade around it. The second floor is octagonal in shape and also has a small balustrade and pinnacles, while the third level has eight ionic columns that support a small, blue semi-spherical dome.

If you wish, you can use our Saba public car park at Cádiz Train Station, on Plaza de Sevilla.