Belfast City Hall
The impressive Belfast City Hall was built to celebrate Belfast being awarded city status. It is designed in Baroque Revival - a style that originated in Rome and became popular in Germany, Austria and Hungary. In front of the doorway is a porch-like canopy called a porte-cochère. This French term means ‘coach gate’. It allowed visitors to enter the building from a horse-drawn coach and stay protected from the weather. Inside the Hall, the Grand Staircase is lined in Carrara, Pavonazzo and Brescia marble from Italy. The City Hall inspired other public buildings around the world, including the Town Hall in Durban, South Africa, which is an almost exact copy.