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Old City Hall, Toronto

Old City Hall, Toronto (must see)

Located on the corner of Queen and Bay Street is one of the city’s architectural marvels, the Old City Hall. Grand in its demeanor and elegant in its stance, the Old City Hall was once the crowning jewel of the budding city of Toronto.

It is no secret that a lot of pain, effort, time and not to forget money went into the making of this building. By the end of 1880, the city of Toronto had expanded beyond the range of the existent municipal authority. So another building was commissioned for construction which would act as a courthouse along with being the City Hall. Prominent Toronto-based architect, Edward James Lennox, was bestowed with responsibility of constructing the New City Hall. With high expectations from his designs, it took Lennox three years to come up with an acceptable project!

The construction started no sooner. It is believed that work on the City Hall began in 1889 and took 10 years to be finished. The end result was surely well worth the wait. A magnificent City Hall, built to perfection in Romanesque Revival architecture, more accurately known as Richardsonian Romanesque architecture, boasts a 300 feet Big Ben that weighs 5,443 kg.

Why You Should Visit:
While the exterior is magnificent for its old charm and clock tower, there are still some interior details to see and appreciate – from the grand staircase with stained glass window, depicting Canadian history, to the various murals and statues...

Tip:
Make sure to visit the small "lake" close by, as many of the pictures you might know from Toronto are taken from this place while facing the "TORONTO" sign.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Old City Hall on Map

Sight Name: Old City Hall
Sight Location: Toronto, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Toronto, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Toronto

Create Your Own Walk in Toronto

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Toronto's Waterfront Walk

Toronto's Waterfront Walk

Toronto is located on the shore of Lake Ontario and it is more than obvious that the locals, as well as visitors to the city, cherish and admire the alluring views of the lake. Toronto's waterfront is one of the most picturesque places for walking, but it is also a great destination for those in search of entertainment. This walking tour will reveal all the pearls strewn along the quay....  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Toronto Islands Self-guided Tour

Toronto Islands Self-guided Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Shopping Tour in Toronto

Shopping Tour in Toronto

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Cabbagetown Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Toronto Introduction Walk II

Toronto Introduction Walk II

The provincial capital of Ontario, Toronto is a major Canadian metropolis renowned for its dynamic pace and a high-rising skyline comprising ultra-modern skyscrapers and historic architecture.

The city boasts rich cultural scene and has a diverse array of public spaces, a multitude of green spaces, offering a wealth of entertainment and recreational facilities. A host of local museums and...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Historic Buildings Walking Tour

Historic Buildings Walking Tour

Once an Anglo backwater, today's Toronto is the cultural and economic hub of English-speaking Canada. The city's architectural beauty is supplemented by its historical richness, with some of the buildings dating back as far as the late 18th century. This self-guided tour invites you to explore the most prominent of them, such as Gooderham, Daniel Brook Building, Massey Hall and others,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles

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