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Hotel de Ville

29 rue de Rivoli, Paris, France (Hôtel-de-Ville)
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Ranked #64 of 762 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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Toronto, Canada
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141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
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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Norfolk, Massachusetts
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

On a previous visit to Paris my wife and I sat and people watched at a cafe near the Hotel de Ville. I was watching the building more than the people. When we returned on our recent visit we had to come back to what I feel is among the most beautiful buildings in Paris. It was one of the... More

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Cairo, Egypt
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91 reviews 91 reviews
62 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is one of the sumptuous and amazing landmarks of Paris . I recommend everyone to visit it . For art & sculpture lovers , I invite them to regard attentively the statues decorating the exterior of the building , I really enjoyed the architecture , the statues decorating the exterior of the building , and i admired the place... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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150 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a quickie kind of tour. The current temporary exhibit is about the liberation of Paris by De Gaulle and his army. Lots of information. Nothing in English regrettably, but pictures and video/movie say a lot. Easy self-guided tour and doesn't take a lot of time. Give it a shot as you won't be disappointed.

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Ottawa, Canada
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

At right angles on Rivoli (the main street), sits the Hotel de Ville de Paris. Guided tours are available but must be booked ahead of time. We did not see the stunning interiors although we had seen footage of the ball room which compares favorably with the most beautiful rooms of Versailles. The exterior of this huge mansard roofed building... More

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Ontario Canada
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225 attraction reviews
614 helpful votes 614 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

What a beautiful surprise! Walking from le Marais to l'île de la Cité, we found this beautiful square by chance. It certainly isn't among the list of must sees in Paris, but worth taking a detour and admiring its beautiful structure. At night, breathtaking! If you spot la tour St-Jacques from afar, l'esplanade isn't far away.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We did not go inside, but enjoyed viewing the outside of this building. Very detailed architecture, wonderful square. It is in the Marais district, so central to visiting that area.

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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291 helpful votes 291 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Although it is situated very close to Notre Dame, it is often overlooked by visitors, since it is not among the "must sees" of Paris. But it is indeed a must see, since I do not think that there is any other building that much beautiful as Hotel de Ville is. Absolutely my favorite!!!

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

You can appreciate this architectural gem with a walk-by. Use any guidebook. Would not tour unless in Paris for extended period of time or a student.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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290 reviews 290 reviews
261 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Just across the Ile de la Cite, on the right bank of the Seine is located vast complex of municipality buildings. It is bordered on the north side by the famous Rue de Rivoli and on the south side by the beautiful Quai de l' Hotel de Ville. It happened that I made nice walk along this quay and enjoyed... More

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