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Hotel de Ville, Paris

#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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  • 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 »
  • We've been to much here, a reception and lots of art expos. This massive and impressive building was torched during the Commune uprising 1870, but was quickly rebuilt is sort of the same style. Now....  more »
  • Beautiful City Hall with a nice square in front. The actual Hotel de Ville is not open for tourists.
  • A great place to visit, I love the history of this building and area, especially the major role this place played in the liberation of Paris during WWII. A nice plaza in front of the building provides a wonderful place for people-watching, taking pictures, or a short rest.

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