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Hotel de Ville, Paris

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Hotel de Ville houses Paris's city government, and is one of the loveliest buildings in town. For a good view from outside, go to the top floor of the Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville (BHV) department store opposite, and walk up a flight of stairs to the roof terrace. The present structure replaced the 16th-century original, which burned down in 1871. An enlarged pastiche of its predecessor, the new building was built by the architects Ballu and Deperthes and was mostly completed by 1882. The building is lavishly decorated both inside and out, and finished in an arresting white stone, similar to that used for the Sacre-Coeur basilica. When Paris was liberated from the Germans in 1944, General de Gaulle greeted the crowds from a front window of the building. Robespierre was shot in the jaw and arrested in the original building in 1794. Use our Paris route planner to arrange your visit to Hotel de Ville and other attractions in Paris.
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  • If one chew a little bit of French and feels for the first time Hotel de Ville thing would think??? at a minimum it should be the most beautiful and the most luxurious hotels in the city ... and instead .... definitely not so. Or, at least, the thing is that Nice is certainly the building ... is really huge, then seen with Christmas lights ... in fact has something that reminds me of a place that I loved (the grand place in Brussels). It's not something I always do rather rarely, but here I'd like to write a bit of history. This beautiful building was burned down during the commune, but the Town Hall (and that's what it is) it was rebuilt almost identical between the end of 1800. Having already spoken of the exterior there are definitely worth to point out some nice things we are within ... as the library with any book can come and don't come to mind, the beautiful staircase, the Hall of arcades, of fètes and Chamber of the French Council ... to visit
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  • Great building, on a beautiful square, marked by the history of France. Many exhibits reinforce the interest to visit this site. Rebuilt after the fire of the commune, the superb statuary adorning the façade tells the story of Paris and France
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  • one of my favorite place in paris, expecially in winter, the exterior is very nice, with lights n all.. inside very very nice too  more »
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  • Beautiful building. More a palace than a hotel. They put interesting events regularly and exhibitions (not so amazing ones though). In front they put some times music festivals and other events.
  • Not a hotel. Not even a little bit. If this country wants any respect from this American you better stop messing with people’s heads and start calling things what they are.
  • This photo is from 16 years ago, as my toddler son and I passed through magnificent Hotel de Ville plaza on the morning of September 11, 2001. You can see by the clock on the facade that few in Paris knew what was happening back in NY. All Paris and France embraced us that week, when phones, bank machines, fax lines and travel were down. This square is one of the heartbeats of Paris, a key thoroughfare that you walk from the right to left bank a few times a day. The news stands at the BHV corner are my favs. Sit and absorb the daily cadence of life in Paris here. A beautiful, historic, mesmerizing spot to cherish.
  • Stunning building. Beautiful city hall befitting a beautiful city! Sometimes they have a carousel out front. Last night there was a spectacular concert celebrating Paris getting the 2024 Olympics. Outside It is often The center of some sort of art or musical thing. Always filled with people regardless . Walk from here to Notre Dame.
  • I pay soo much money and someone has stolen my rolex for 5000 euros

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