Alicante Town Hall to open historic buildings to the public
Former palatial mansions in Alicante are now owned by the local council
The Town Hall of Alicante has announced that in compliance with the “Palaus Transparents” scheme promoted by the regional government of the Comunidad Valenciana various buildings occupied by the local council are to be opened to the public, including the Palacio Consistorial (the main Town Hall building in Plaza Santísima Faz).
Also set to open their doors to the public are the Municipal Archive, Centro 14, and Calle Labradores nº 15.
The 18th-century Palacio del Portalet at Calle Labradores nº 15 has recently been restored and could be open to the public within just a few weeks after years of work, and as it was previously in private hands this will be the first time that residents of Alicante have been able to see it. It is also to be used as the starting point for guided tours of the old city centre.
The Municipal Archive is located in the Palacio de Maisonnave, which was built in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. It was acquired by the Town Hall in 1980, and during its restoration it has been discovered that it stands on the site of a 6th century burial ground.
The Centro 14 building is another palatial home dating from the end of the 18th century, and is currently being extended.
As for the Palacio Consistorial, this beautiful and imposing building was built in the Baroque style by architect Lorenzo Chápuli in the 18th century, and visitors will be able to admire the ornamental aspects of the interior, with a number of impressive rooms such as the Salón Azul and the Salón de Plenos meeting hall, both of which were built during the reign of Queen Isabel II of Spain (between 1833 and 1868).
The town hall also has a unique feature attracting many visitors to the building, and that is the “Cota Cero”, located at the foot of the building’s main staircase. The “Cota Cero” is the reference point from which you can see a list of all of the individual altitudes of the cities in Spain measured in metres above sea level.