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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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  • Always very well done and of great interest, the city of Paris and the cinematheque offer an exhibition on the LGBTQI movement in cinema. This history through the cinema is richly illustrated along the way. In addition the exhibition is free as always in this place!
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  • This magnificent building in the 4th arrondissement of Paris is majestic. Difficult to visit except in the case of an art exhibition, which is not often the case. Slight disappointment for the square located in front, very spacious, offering a nice spot to take pictures, but not always well attended. In short, if you have the opportunity to go to the building, do not hesitate.
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  • It's city hall, not a hotel per se. Quite a nice old building on the east bank of seine. There is a merry go round at one corner of the plaza in front. Well lighted at night and look even nicer.
  • 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! Instagram @profnasr
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