Petit Futé's opinion on TOWN HALL
At one time, the town hall also served as a museum. The collections were displayed on the upper floors. With the construction of the Musée Sainte-Croix, the exercise of public affairs became its only function. During the Second Empire (1852-1870), the city centre of Poitiers underwent a major transformation. The renovation of the city was based on the effects of perspective and symmetry. Thus, the town hall and the prefecture were built on either side of an axis constituted by the Avenue Impériale - now Rue Victor-Hugo. The two buildings face each other: the axis of power... The renovation of the facade of the town hall as well as the redevelopment of the square (even if contested by some) have revitalized the place. Built in Renaissance style between 1869 and 1875 by Guérinot, this building houses a monumental grand staircase decorated with frescoes by Puvis de Chavannes, representing Saint Fortunat reading poems to Saint Radegonde at the Sainte-Croix abbey and Charles Martel saving Christendom by his victory over the Saracens near Poitiers in 732, as well as caryatids by Barrias. On the ground floor: on the right, the Minerva room and on the left, the Aldermen's room, which welcomes the municipal council and the public during its meetings. Upstairs, in the main hall, a stained glass window depicts Eleanor of Aquitaine authenticating the town's charter as a commune. Other artists from Poitou painted many decorations: Léon Perrault, Alfred de Curzon... A real picture book.
Information on TOWN HALL
Open all year. Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Possibility of entering the lobby. No visit of the possible rooms except Heritage Days.
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