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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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  • We went through the night, was all lit up for Christmas, very very beautiful! It is worth to check out.
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  • Rebuilt after burning during the Paris commune, this was long the seat of the prefecture of Paris before the status of 1976 which became the seat of the Town Hall. Rooms are sumptuous, the Mayor's office at the ' image of the current occupant of the premises. There are often beautiful expos
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  • Beautiful building really must see must pass but if you are downtown Paris. On your way to notre dame it's just there. I personally prefer it at night with lights illuminates and it's breath taking.  more »
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  • 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.
  • What a splendid structure. Really enjoyed my visit there. The photos speaks for themselves.
  • One of the most beautiful Parisian squares. And I have great memories here :)
  • 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.
  • Amazing city hall. You can walk from here to Notre Dame Cathedral.

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