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Hôtel de Ville In Paris France

The Hôtel de Ville in Paris is the building that houses the Administration for the City of Paris and we would know it as the City Hall.

The Hôtel de Ville was originally built by Etienne Marcel in 1357 but was rebuilt in the Renaissance style in the 16th Century by King Francois I and then after a fire it was reconstructed in the 1870's in the Renaissance style that were the same sort of styles as the Loire Valley Chateaux.

This is one of the exciting architectural constructions in the great City of Paris and is situated not far from the Notre-Dame de Paris, on the right side of the River Seine and stands on the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, which was formerly known as the Place de Grève, in the 4th Arrondissement.

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The former Place de Grève was where many capital executions were carried out before it changed its name and the design of the present building comes from the architects Deperthes and Ballu and as you will be able to tell, the construction is extremely impressive, but also unique with its 136 stone figures that are positioned on all four facades, which are statues of famous figures in history.

And if you are into architecture, then you might like to know that Ballu also built the Church of La Trinité in the 9th Arrondissement and the belfry of the town hall of the 1st Arrondissement in Paris, which is opposite the eastern façade of The Louvre.

The Hôtel de Ville serves multiple functions, as it not only houses the local administration, but has also housed the Mayor of Paris since 1977 and is also used as a venue for large receptions.

The Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville holds exhibitions and meetings throughout the year and in the winter you will find there is an ice rink in the front of the Hôtel de Ville and in the summer it is transformed again with beach volleyball courts, palm trees and changing booths for Paris visitors.  You will also find that major football matches and concerts are often shown on a giant flat screen as well!

Since the French Revolution and after the building had been rebuilt, this fantastic architectural marvel has been the scene of a number of historical events including the famous speech by Charles de Gaulle on 25th August 1944 during the Liberation of Paris, where he greeted the Paris crowd from a front window of the Hôtel de Ville.

The building was used as the seat of government during the French Revolution, when a guillotine stood imposingly in front of its windows, which is the square that is now utilised for the ice rink in winter, but the northern side of the building is located on the Rue de Rivoli and the nearby department store called the Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville was named after the Hôtel de Ville.

Inside the building you will be able to get to see glorious and elaborate crystal chandeliers, a large staircase, beautiful paintings the long ballroom known as Salle des Fêtes and other vast function rooms that are all a part of the sumptuous and luxurious interior.

The Hotel de Ville is a place that you should not miss seeing when you are in Paris on holiday in France and in winter when you can watch the children (and the adults) going round the ice rink to music in the square outside, it is a great place to soak up the atmosphere, whilst taking in the ornate facade of this beautiful building.

However if there is not a temporary exhibition on when you are visiting Paris and you do wish to enter inside as a visitor for a complete guided tour, then you would need to contact them in advance, but it is always a good idea to find out what is planned with forthcoming events, so that you can get the most out of seeing this place.

Address & Contact Details:

Hôtel de Ville
29 Rue de Rivoli

Telephone: 1 42 76 40 40

Hotel de Ville In Paris

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