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Hotel de Ville, Paris

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#16 of 214 in Historic Sites in Paris
Government Building · Hidden Gem · 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. Use our Paris route planner to arrange your visit to Hotel de Ville and other attractions in Paris.
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  • This huge city hall was rebuilt after its destruction during the Commune 1870 and it came back better than ever. Now it dominates its square and the area long the river and houses official functions....  more »
  • Hotel de Ville was built in the 16th century but had to be rebuilt in the second half of the 19th century following fire damage. It is a splendid building and quite ostentatious. It is very beautiful....  more »
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  • Hôtel de ville is a place you HAVE TO visit of you're in Paris. There's always something going on from Christmas shops to full on massive concerts and even at a tame time of the year the luxury shops are worth taking a look at. Don't panic if you don't have the money for Louis Vuitton or gucci, there's also smaller shops at more affordable prices there. The docks are also a beautiful place to have a walk and enjoy whatever drink you got from one of the Starbucks nearby ! I live in Paris and is often used to spend long nights on the docks with friends, strangers are usually nice but beware after midnight things can get pretty ugly so I wouldn't advise a tourist to stay on the docks late... All in all its a place you can't miss when going to Paris!
  • Fabulous Christmas lights at l'hotel death ville. Always so much on around this area.

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