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.

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A view of the rear exterior from across the street.

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

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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.

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Another elegant hall.

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

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A ceiling representing art in one room.

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Enormous fire places at either end.

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

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