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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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  • The Hotel de Ville is Paris's impressive City Hall. Original buildings from 1535-1628 were burned down during the French Revolution. It was rebuilt to original designs in 1874-82. Very attractive.....  more
    The Hotel de Ville is Paris's impressive City Hall. Original buildings from 1535-1628 were burned down during the French Revolution. It was rebuilt to original designs in 1874-82. Very attractive.....  more »
  • It is hard to miss the big city hall. It is grand and seems much older than it's 150 years, but in magnificent shape. We have been to events here as well as good art and history expos. 
    It is hard to miss the big city hall. It is grand and seems much older than it's 150 years, but in magnificent shape. We have been to events here as well as good art and history expos.  more »
  • This is a beautiful building with great architecture. It’s so imposing and grand that it looks like it should house more than it actually does - the town hall. This area links Notre Dame and Le... 
    This is a beautiful building with great architecture. It’s so imposing and grand that it looks like it should house more than it actually does - the town hall. This area links Notre Dame and Le...  more »
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  • If you're a tourist and you visit the city for the first time, hotel de ville is a must go. There are usually some exhibitions inside. I would also recommend a visit inside, but you will probably need to book it, it's as beautiful as the palace of Versailles inside. You can also just take a look around and have a snack 9n the parvis.
  • An outstanding monument that shows the excellence of French architecture. Very well-light at night with magnificent view.
  • Always busy area, great place to take 📸. When the weather is good there are generally street artists, exhibitions or a stage set up. Whenever you are in Paris you should stop by to see what is going on.
  • Very nice view. It's looking good. So beautiful
  • Incredible structure .Wile in Paris worth the stop . For the ones that think it is a hotel, no it is not . The building is a Government building .It's the Municipality.

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