Hotel de Ville

The seat of the government of Paris is at the Hotel de Ville, a very large and attention grabbing building on Rue de Rivoli. It has a very long history and the interior was even destroyed during the Commune, an uprising in 1870. It was rebuilt in a very sumptuous style, with pure gold gilding and Baccarat chandeliers in the manner of Verseilles. I’ve known for ages that you could take free tours and finally made a reservation. The tour was lead in French but you can get a tour in English if you have a large group. Anyway, I enjoyed seeing the interior. By the way, the mayor threw open the doors in 2006 on the first Nuit Blanche and was stabbed (and survived) there. I had forgotten that. There are hundreds of years of history since the city has been run from this spot since 1357.

A view of the rear exterior from across the street.

The main room where meetings and parties are held. There was no furniture anywhere.

Each region was represented. This was is Normandy. Algeria was represented too as the ceiling art work was done while Algeria was part of France.

Another elegant hall.

A great view of Île de la Cité and Notre Dame from a window.

A ceiling representing art in one room.

Enormous fire places at either end.

And the interior courtyard was interesting to see with a curved staircase across the way.

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