Hôtel de Ville
Hôtel de Ville
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This beautiful, 19th century building is now the seat of the French government, and features a number of displays on French history.
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Neighbourhood: Le Marais
The Marais is a winding maze of multi-faceted streets that beg to be explored. It bursts with small boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner, you'll come across little gems of architecture spanning the centuries, from understated medieval towers to classical libraries and 17th century splendour. This neighbourhood unites a rich mix of people of all ages, but it's best known for the gay scene mostly in the south and the Jewish community around Rue des Rosiers.
How to get there
  • Hôtel de Ville • 2 min walk
  • Cité • 4 min walk
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Bryan W
Chattanooga, TN320 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We had an unbelievable experience. We were in the plaza on a walking tour two days before bastille day and got front row viewing of the practice air show fly over. A beautiful piece of French history and exceptionally fortunate timing.
Written 9 January 2023
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DIL KHAN
Jaisalmer District, India153 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
Beautiful place to be there bec I was there 14 years ago with my best fraind Gisela and this was was my first place to visit and I been today again just for my fraind
I was so happy to be there
Lovely place
Written 22 November 2022
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,307 contributions
Nov 2022
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 building by prior arrangement. The Olympic rings were in front of the building, the 2024 Summer Games in the offing.
Written 10 November 2022
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Vacationer778403
4 contributions
Oct 2022
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 de l'Hotel de Ville, 75004, Paris. Being a stamp collector, I requested from one of the employees, a very nice lady, to postmark by hand several letters and postcards decorated with a variety of colorful French stamps. She took care of my request with a smile of her face on three different visits to that post office. I rate that post office branch 5 Stars! Of course, speaking French to her must have had a friendly impact... We also purchased recently issued French postage stamps: Notre Dame Treasures and La Fee Melusine, art postage stamps.
Written 2 November 2022
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL2,671 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
The south wing of the building was originally constructed by François I in the 16th century. The north wing was later built by Henry IV and Louis XIII in the 17th century. The Hôtel de Ville had been the headquarters of the French Revolution, the headquarters of the Paris Commune. When defeat became imminent, the Communards set fire to the Hôtel de Ville, destroying the building and almost all of the city archives. Reconstruction of City Hall lasted from 1873 through 1892 (19 years). Today, the Hôtel de Ville is home to the official apartments of the mayor of Paris and functions as Paris' city hall. It stands on the Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville. We had admired the beautiful building from the almost empty square as well as from the cruise on the river. The fountain section is covered and some type of upkeep is being done.
Written 7 October 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA14,625 contributions
Jun 2022
This is Paris' city hall and it best seen from the river, although there is another good view from the plaza outside. The building was rebuilt after it was gutted during the Commune, and it looks even better now. We have been to a reception and lots of special art expos here. A monument.
Written 6 October 2022
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yiannos973
Limassol City, Cyprus588 contributions
Jul 2022
Impressive ,huge Neo Renaissance building ,amazing architecture, full of history. Maybe the most impressive building of Paris, very picturesque, close to Marais. There is a large square in front with a large fountain where people sitting, admiring and taking photos of the Town Hall. The area around is very nice with cafes, restaurants ,brasseries to relax and the famous department store BHV just opposite.
Regular exhibitions held inside Hotel de Ville with a fee. A must see.
Written 22 August 2022
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ9,700 contributions
Sep 2021
The Hotel de Ville is Paris's impressive City Hall. Original buildings from 1535-1628 were burned down during the French Revolution. It was rebuilt to original designs in 1874-82. Very attractive chateau style. The Olympic Rings are prominently displayed outside, because Paris is the host for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Written 12 August 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA14,625 contributions
May 2022
It is hard to miss the big city hall. It is grand and seems much older than it's 150 years, but in magnificent shape. We have been to events here as well as good art and history expos.
Written 27 May 2022
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Belle-Noel
Croydon, UK1,609 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
This is a beautiful building with great architecture. It’s so imposing and grand that it looks like it should house more than it actually does - the town hall.

This area links Notre Dame and Le Marais and there are a lot of cafes and restaurants and makes for great walking.
Written 26 April 2022
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