City Hall

 

 

Defining the cityscape of inner city Békéscsaba, the Town Hall, designed by the city’s chief architect, Ernő Sztraka and erected between 1871 and 1873, is at St. Stephen’s Square. Its Romantic style façade was designed by Miklós Ybl.

Overlooking two courtyards, a one-storey extension designed in the same style by the city’s chief engineer András Bankó, was added alongside the originally U-shaped 125-year-old building of the Town Hall in 1927. It was through this extension that the Town Hall gained its current layout, i.e. a building with an arched courtyard. Offering a pleasant spectacle from the landscaped courtyard, the arches on the ground floor are curved and those on the first floor are flat. The building overlooking the third and the fourth courtyards were used to house stables, horses and automobiles; and the city’s firemen were also stationed here. The first room of the Town Hall and the ‘weeping’ white mulberry trees in the neat inner courtyard are also an unforgettable sight. The third courtyard is also the scene of entertainment events called ‘Town Hall Evenings’.