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Hotel de Ville

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Address: Place de l'Hotel de Ville, 75004 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 42 76 54 04
Activities: Biking, Ice skating
Description: This beautiful, 19th century building is now the seat of the French...
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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Hôtel de Ville

We only saw it from the outside,because it is open to public only once a year,and we came to Paris one day after that weekend,and I am a bit sorry about that. But,if you want to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We only saw it from the outside,because it is open to public only once a year,and we came to Paris one day after that weekend,and I am a bit sorry about that. But,if you want to have some nice photos or just to see very beautiful building,do not miss Hotel de Ville.This is one of the Paris top beauties.

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Meudon, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

It is curious that the architecture of this beautiful buiulding, seat of the municipal government of Paris, should be... Italian! As was its architect, Domenico Bernabei, from Cortona in Tuscany. But he was a very good publicist for his work, as suggests his nickname "Bocca d'Oro" - i.e. "Golden Mouth"!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This structure is truly spectacular and amazing to see in person. I was honestly amazed to see all the work put into it. The pictures dont give it enough credit. It's free to roam around it and take pictures ; )

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

If you love photography - and particularly of you love street photography or photojournalism - you must see the Paris Magnum exhibition (I'm not sure when it closes).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is a really impressive building. Unfortunately, when visiting on a Saturday, it didn't seem to be possible for visitors to actually go inside. Despite this, the exterior looks great and the square immediately facing the building is also pretty good. Well worth a stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The impressive hotel is not accessible for tourists and guarded from security persons unable to speak english and provide a usefull information. Only a photographic exhibition from Paris magnum permits an entrance to a big room from a back door of the building. Paris in the turmoil of life as seen by the world's greatest photojournalists of Magnum agency. Although... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

In the Winter, you can sometimes find an ice ring. Otherwise, it is empty. It is in front of the massive City Hall building. On its North side is the BHV giant retain institution selling so many products on 5 floors in a rather messy and old fashion, but efficient layout. The Place de l'Hotel de Ville is a pleasant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

LE BHV/MARAIS is a great department discount store where you can find items on sale for 30/40% and a further 10% off for being a tourist on some! I picked up a pair of levis for £40. There are also great boutique stores and beautiful bakeries!

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Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I did a dessert tour with a company around the corner (La Cusiine Paris) & our tour guide was a history major so we received a lot of great history about this area. Hotel De Ville is the building that houses the governor of paris, which actually turns out to be 1 person per neighborhood. The building's detail is exquisite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The temporary ice skating rink at the Hotel de Ville was a fun place to be; little ones had a glass walled section to themselves, and bigger kids had a coned off, ad hoc hockey camp at the other end, and public skating was in the middle. Enjoyed the architecture all around while skating. Recommend bringing ones own skates, as... More 

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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 splendor. This neighborhood 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.
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