The old town hall, now a cultural centre

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Cultural Centre of the Republic

The old town hall, now a cultural centre

These days, the old town hall building houses the Cultural Centre of the Republic, which aims to raise awareness of the historical and cultural importance of Paraguay amongst visitors and locals. The monument dates back to colonial times, when the country made its first steps and created its institutions. Its walls accommodated the executive and legislative powers, then became the seat of the National Congress until the 21st century and is now a museum which includes collections of sacred art, an auditorium for lectures and concerts, and a historical tour of the political functions that took place here. The gardens bordering the Cultural Centre of the Republic have also been modified and refurbished in recent years, now offering a refreshing walk by a fountain and pool next to the statue of one of the founding fathers of Paraguay, Juan de Salazar y Espinoza.

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