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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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  • I came out of the Hotel De Ville stop to get to Notre Dame Cathedral. It looked like the train station is connected to the building but it was all closed off when I was there so I ended up outside...  more »
  • Architecturally beautiful building that is free to visit, there is 108 statues on the front, we never stopped but saw from our tour bus only.  more »
  • The beautiful (neo-renaissance style), Hotel de Ville (with its fairy tale like facade illuminated) was the back drop, for the most amazing Christmas Village. There were many free activities...  more »
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  • Beautiful City Hall with a nice square in front. The actual Hotel de Ville is not open for tourists.
  • A great place to visit, I love the history of this building and area, especially the major role this place played in the liberation of Paris during WWII. A nice plaza in front of the building provides a wonderful place for people-watching, taking pictures, or a short rest.
  • Lovely place with many locals. I liked to see kids with their parents, playing each other. We walk around the surrounding where I could relax.
  • A awesome architectural work. I believe this a city hall (was told when i asked about this to a security person). went there during day time but would be better to visit in night to see the lighting.
  • Usually one of the first sites I visit every time I go to Paris. The Hotel de Ville is one of the enduring landmarks in the city and it's been that way since the mayor of Paris first moved to the site in 1357. Initially, the seat of Paris city government was in the house owned by whoever was mayor. It wasn't until 1533 that the French king Francis I decided to grace the city with an Hotel de Ville that suited the capital of France! Wonderful place to walk through and a picturesque view over the Seine! Instagram @profnasr

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