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Hotel de Ville, Paris

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#15 of 97 in Historic Sites in Paris
Government Building Historic Site
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. Put Hotel de Ville into our Paris trip itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The city of Paris is one of the buildings in the capital the most majestic both by its dimension, by its location along the seine. Currently you can admire it in sunbeds installed on the square during the summer period built Beach to enjoy the sun rays.
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  • Hello I advise you well to visit with too interesting architecture to see and even c is a beautiful place as well as historical and sometimes will be animations and events
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  • Recommend a 5 minutes walk from the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, continue from the Notre-Dame Cathedral. I think probably overwhelmed by the palace-like façade because.
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  • This place is a great place to stay. Clean, cute rooms by the bay. Walking distance to USS Lexington, close to Aquarium too. The hotel can get discount tickets to both so get them there before you go. Not much in the way of good food nearby, so plan to bring food or drive to get it. The rooms offer micro & fridge so bringing food works.
  • An opulent city like Paris needs a city hall to match. This building is stunning in all of its detail. There is a tourist office located inside which was very helpful and there is also free wifi.
  • Unfortunately because of lack of time I couldn't visit the inside but this is definitely a must go attraction in Paris. In the square at the front of the building you can usually see of street performers that gather a lot of attention. Although they may be honest people, a lot of pickpockets take advantage of the distraction to grab you belongings so be careful.
  • Impressive Architecture and Arts, beautiful sculptures all around! Thank you artists and nameless artisans!
  • One of the most gorgeous exteriors in Paris. Stunning from every angle. Loved walking past it every day. For an awesome view of the roof and upper levels, check out the view from the upper floors of the BHV Marais.

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Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
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