Right in the city centre, just a short distance from other important historic buildings such as the Churches of San Benito el Real and Santa María La Antigua, is Valladolid's city hall and its main square, Plaza Mayor. Both of these sites are important landmarks in the city.
In the mid-11th century, Valladolid was a small farming village surrounded by a defensive wall. The site now occupied by Plaza Mayor and its immediate vicinity lay outside this first city wall, close to the gateway known as Postigo del Trigo, where merchants would enter the town to sell their food products. They ended up setting up the market right there, and it became the nerve centre of the town.
Plaza Mayor is where we find the city’s Casa Consistorial, the seat of the city council since 1908. It is home to the organs of Valladolid’s local government: the mayor’s office, the Municipal Assembly and the Local Government.
Outstanding features of the interior of the building include the historicist paintings by the Cuban artist Osmundo Gómez, the imperial staircase, the stained glass windows in a multitude of colours, the coat of arms of the Catholic Monarchs, the plenary hall and all the furniture made from walnut wood by Manuel Ibargoitia. It is one of Valladolid’s must-see buildings.
The construction of the current city hall was overseen by the architect Enrique María Repullés y Vargas. The building has an eclectic style, in the beaux-arts genre and inspired by Renaissance architecture. It is a large rectangular building covering 2,598 square metres. It has four storeys (a basement and three other floors) with a balcony on the main façade, rectangular turrets and an inner courtyard.
If you wish, you can use the Saba public car park close to Valladolid's City hall and Plaza Mayor. You’ll find it at Valladolid Train Station on Calle Redondo, very close to Campo Grande Park and the city centre.