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Monday, April 9, 2012

Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall in Albert Square, Manchester was completed in 1877 after nine years in construction and the laying of 1 million bricks. Manchester Town Hall was designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse in the Neo-Gothic style and is considered one of the finest such buildings in the UK in this genre.

The clock tower in the center of the building is 87 meters tall and is the building's most distinctive feature.

In the entrance and Sculpture Hall there are statues and busts of such Manchester-linked luminaries as John Dalton, Sir John Barbirolli and James Prescott Joule. To the right on entrance is a Victorian-style cafe looking into Albert Square and the monument to Queen Victoria's Consort.

The Great Hall on the first floor contains mosaic floors and "The Manchester Murals" paintings by Ford Madox Brown. "The Manchester Murals" are a sequence of twelve paintings showing the history of the city of Manchester.

Nowadays largely ceremonious, the building does still have some administrative functions.

Town Hall
Albert Square
M60 2LA
Tel: 0871 222 8223

Manchester's other attractions include The Lowry, The Imperial War Museum North, King Street, the Arndale Center, Urbis, the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Wheel of Manchester and Manchester Cathedral.

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