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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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  • October 5, 2017
    The building is really beautiful, I recommend to visit investigate service hours, on my visit, I could not enter, but outside, the facade is impressive.
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  • October 5, 2017
    It's a beautiful, if massive building and is busy, though I've only been inside once for a fair for the old and disabled. Today fences surround a bunch off giant.metal shipping boxes, their clumsy sel...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    The Palace is spectacular although the story "tetra" which saw him starring in centuries. The Esplanade is bubbly and full of life. Nearby there is a small park with farm animals: to visit!
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  • September 16, 2017
    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.
  • September 21, 2017
    What a splendid structure. Really enjoyed my visit there. The photos speaks for themselves.
  • September 5, 2017
    One of the most beautiful Parisian squares. And I have great memories here :)
  • March 17, 2017
    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.
  • July 22, 2017
    Amazing city hall. You can walk from here to Notre Dame Cathedral.

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