Le Locle, Hotel de Ville. Photo/Foto: TES.

The Town Hall of Le Locle

Le Locle (Canton of Neuchâtel) is an old city with Celtic and Roman roots. The town was mentioned for the first time in a document in 1151 as property of the seigneurs of Valangin and afterwards the Counts of Neuchâtel. Its heydays came in the nineteenth century and with the development of the watch industry. The Town Hall symbolizes the prosperity, cosmopolitism and grandeur of this small city. The world is the market for their (horlogerie) industries and services. The Time and Town planning area (L’Espace Temps et Urbanisme) in the building is devoted to the history of the watch industry. The Town Hall, built soon after the First World War, is a harmonious blend of various architectural styles : neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau and local. Its architecture, fresco’s and sculptures make it a total work of art, including the goddess guarding the source of living water in front of the building. The sculpture was crafted in 1930 to remind the authorities of their obligation of good governance. (Source and further information :