Market Square : Michelin's recommendations
A short distance South of the Senate Square, providing a sharp contrast to its noble neighbour, is the Market Square. Here the bustle of everyday life prevails with the cries of market traders, the hotchpotch of culinary aromas, the sound of sirens and the screech of sweeping gulls... And, the most striking contrast of all, the presence of a number of important official buildings. In the centre of the Square stands the obelisk known as The Stone of the Empress, designed by Engel in honour of Alexander I er and Alexandra Fedorovna's visit : at times, the monument is almost impossible to view, due to the dense crowds and the busy market. From East to West residing side by side along the industrious port are : the Presidential Palace (1818), formerly a patrician residence, purchased and transformed into an Imperial residence (where indeed Nicholas I er stayed in 1854), the Supreme Court and the Town Hall (1833), a former luxury hotel, recovered by the municipality, its pediment adorned with arms from the city and its interior refurbished in the 1960's by Arno Ruusuvuori. In front of the Town Hall, standing over the Havis Amanda fountain is a statue which, every May 1 er is subjected to a rag ritual : it is adorned by students, with the university cap!
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