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Old City Hall, Toronto

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Visit an architectural marvel at Old City Hall, one of the city's most grandiose landmarks. The design by architect E. J. Lennox showcases elements of Romanesque Revival style, with the whole building ornamentally covered by art inspired from Ancient Rome. Upon approaching, you can't miss its distinctive clock tower--at 103 m (340 ft), it held the record of tallest structure in Canada from 1899 and 1917. Take binoculars if you can to inspect the four intricately carved gargoyles that flank the clock. Take a guided tour to admire the craftsmanship of the interior, including a mural by George A. Reid and a stained glass window by Robert McCausland. Our Toronto trip itinerary maker makes visiting Old City Hall and other Toronto attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 16, 2017
    when old architectural gems are preserved properly, you get amazing landmarks like this one! This gorgeous building serves as a beautiful backdrop to Nathan Philips Square  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Old City Hall which is located near the Nathan Square is worth visiting for its elegance and Architectural Beauty. It is at present used as a Court Hall .So nothing much to see inside. But Exterior is...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Of all the places most people ignore, Old City Hall is one that's worth a 20 minute look. Inside it's a functioning courthouse, so it's not that spectacular, but outside it's a fairly interesting piec...  more »
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  • May 29, 2017
    Spectacular architecture, inside and out. A great piece of history. Well maintained and a must see.
  • July 2, 2017
    great place to visit. the building looks gorgeous.
  • May 29, 2017
    Beautiful building with plenty of history, but be warned - there's no AC outside of the courtrooms
  • April 17, 2017
    Exterior looks amazing! Fun fact, the heads on the pillar outside is actually the creator of this building.
  • May 10, 2017
    Nice Piece of Architecture with great pans views. It worths the visit

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