Ayuntamiento de San Sebastian (San Sebastian Town Hall), San Sebastian

Ayuntamiento de San Sebastian (San Sebastian Town Hall), San Sebastian

The San Sebastian City Council governs from the old Gran Casino building next to the Alderdi Eder Gardens and La Concha Beach (Playa de la Concha). The Gran Casino was a palace of fortune erected in 1887 and closed in 1924.

Queen Isabela II spent her summers at San Sebastian, making it, for a time, a prime destination for the rich and famous. The presence of the Queen and court turned the city into the most fashionable and chicest holiday destination of the 19th century. San Sebastián became a magnet for the aristocracy.

Along with the casinos, the Maria Cristina Hotel, the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, the Cathedral of Good Shepherd (Catedral del Buen Pastor), the Penaflorida Institute, the School of Arts and Crafts (Escuela de Artes y Oficios,) the new tram, electric lights, and telephones earned the city the nickname "Little Paris."

Architects Luis Aladren and Adolfo Morales de los Rios took inspiration from the casinos in Monte Carlo. Everybody who was anybody came; the Queen and the Royal children, the Shah of Persia, Leon Trotsky, and Baron Rothchild. According to some historians, the casino banned berets and espadrille shoes and was frequented by very few locals.

The Gran Casino closed in 1924. In 1943 architects Alday and Arizmendi redesigned the building to accommodate the City Council, which was moving from its former premises at Constitution Square. And so the Gran Casino evolved into the Town Hall (Ayuntamiento) of San Sebastian.

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Sight Name: Ayuntamiento de San Sebastian (San Sebastian Town Hall)
Sight Location: San Sebastian, Spain (See walking tours in San Sebastian)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in San Sebastian, Spain

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Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
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