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Hotel de Ville

29 rue de Rivoli, Paris, France (Hôtel-de-Ville)
01-42-76-43-43
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Ranked #64 of 789 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Government Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
Activities: Ice skating, Biking
Description: 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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London, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The entrance procedure is a little overly-cautious, but I guess we shouldn't complain too much about that... better to be safe than sorry! The exhibitions are a little sparse though -- a large multimedia screen showing a film in French, alongside some projections of the war and a collection of framed newspapers charting Paris' fall. Interesting if you like historical... More

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We wandered by the Hotel de Ville on our way to see Notre Dame Cathedral. Architecturally impressive. We didn't know that you could go inside until reading the other reviews.

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Dublin, Ireland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Very impressive building for a City Hall! And on the way to George Pompidou. Near the Jewish Quarter The Marais. Note it when you are passing it.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We visited Hotel de Ville to see the photographic exhibition "Libering France" in 1944. It was a fabulous collection of images of the Liberation of France. Well presented and though provoking. Highly recommend you visit this while it is still showing.

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London, United Kingdom
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The city hall Paris or Hôtel-de-Ville is a perfect replica of the French Renaissance building erected during the 16th century and burnt down during the Commune of Paris, a Parisian revolution that took place in 1870. The building is spectacular (outside and inside!) and you can’t stop admiring all the detail of the architecture. It overlooks the Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville,... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I have to agree with all the other reviewers who commented that this building is especially beautiful - and perhaps the most beautiful in Paris, a city noted for its beauty. Great place to people watch, and sit to rest. I didn't know that limited tours were available inside! I will have to put that on my 'bucket' list for... More

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Magnificent, beautiful, charming and very, very impressive! Couldn't stop staring! The atmosphere around is also so fabulous! Walk as many times as possible to the place and have a little break nearby before walking further around this beautiful district!

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

we were able to see it on the "open monuments weekend" and were very impressed by the gorgeous and huge rooms, including the very charming office of the lady mayor, and her sitting rooms

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I feel this is one of the most impressive buildings in Paris. Front is flanked by fountains and is a nice place for a sit down whilst admiring the building.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Located right off the #1 subway line we ended up here many times and made our way around the whole building without going in. Beautiful picture opp

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