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In 1897 a national competition for the new City Hall was published, after the decision to transfer Cagliari City Hall’s HQ from the ancient and uncomfortable building of Piazza Palazzo to the new city political commercial axis in front of the sea, via Roma. The competition was won by Crescentino Caselli, who signed a project however elaborated by Annibale Rigotti. During the visit of the King of Italy Umberto I and Margherita of Savoy in 1899, the first stone was laid, but the real construction lasted several years. The building is inspired by Catalan Gothic architecture in its portico openings, while the façade is influenced by Art Nouveau.
The use of facing white limestone ashlars and of the motif of the two polygonal towers is probably a recall of the Pisan Towers, the Elephant Tower and San Pancrazio Tower, the symbols of power and of the city. Some of the most interesting artworks made by Sardinian artists (Ciusa, Delitala, Marghinotti, Melis Marini) are preserved inside the Palazzo. Filippo Figari’s canvases are exposed in the most important rooms of the building, the Council Hall and in the Wedding Hall. The Mayor’s Cabinet is embellished with Franciscus Spierink’s large Flemish tapestry (1620), while the Council Hall preserves Pietro Cavaro’s retablo Advisors (XVI century), and one of the two symbolic keys of the city.
The Town Hall was seriously damaged during the 1943 bombing, especially on Via Crispi façade and in the courtyard. It was then restored according to the original plan. In 2008 the area underneath the palace, already the historic office of the Association Amici del Libro, one of the oldest associations in the city, was inaugurated, completely restored and renovated, and renamed as Sottopiano. This basement houses SEARCH: the Sede Espositiva Archivio Storico Comunale (the exposition of the City Hall historic archives).