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Hotel de Ville, Paris

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Government Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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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 third buildig on the site, Louis XVI and Charles de Gaulle are among the historic personalities to make speeches from the building. The size of the 19th c building is massive. You can tour the... 
    The third buildig on the site, Louis XVI and Charles de Gaulle are among the historic personalities to make speeches from the building. The size of the 19th c building is massive. You can tour the...  more »
  • We were staying at Le Marais, on rue Saint Martin and rue Pernelle. Looked for a Post Office not wanting to place mail in a street box. We found out there is a small post office branch at the Place... 
    We were staying at Le Marais, on rue Saint Martin and rue Pernelle. Looked for a Post Office not wanting to place mail in a street box. We found out there is a small post office branch at the Place...  more »
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  • This is the beautiful building that was rebuilt after the Commune fire in 1870. It's close to the original but maybe a bit more grand. Important city functions happen here, and a portion is devoted to gallery space where there are terrific free expos.
  • The Paris town hall is a really beautiful place. Every Christmas is possible to see lot of decorations that create a really nice Christmas atmosphere.

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