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Hotel de Ville

29 rue de Rivoli, Paris, France (Hôtel-de-Ville)
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Ranked #65 of 690 attractions in Paris
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is the building that houses the city's local administration. It is an administrative building. Its existed in some form since the 14th century but was reconstructed as a Gothic building in the late 19th century. However for followers of French history, this is a building that played an important role during insurrection and revolutions where it became almost mandatory... More

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Malaga, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Some like this building, others don't. I fall somewhere between. It is huge, and at night the roof has sparking lights that can be seen from the Arc or Montmartre. Visited in February and there was a skating ring just in front the building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

the building is just breathtaking. sadly we only saw it from outside. we came for the ice skating and that was amazing too. the entry for the rank is for for free. if you have to borrow the skates it costs 5 euros a pair and you have to wear gloves. they don't let you on the ice without. for... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

This building has many inspiring architectural detailing on and around every part of this building. Take time if your trip is in the winter, to enjoy the outdoor ice skating rink.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We stopped by after a concert at Saint Chapelle. The building was lit up and flashing and the ice skating rink was open (until 10 I think). It was lovely and a great place for evening photos. We walked across the street to the newly remodeled BHV where we saw the incredible animated windows for the holidays. It was a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

The exterior offers wonderful architecture, and around Christmas there is usually a carousel, and ice skating rink (may have been too early this time), but also they host some exhibits. This year saw the Brassaï Exhibit which featured his work beginning in the 1920's of Paris. The exhibit was superb and free! One can also see The BHV Department Store... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We stopped by Hotel de Ville on a night walk and it was beautiful. The building is all lit up and there is a carousel for the kids. Overall a nice stop and great for pictures. In the winter I believe they create an ice skating rink in front which would be fun. It hadn't been setup yet when we... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

See a major building in the very oldest section of Paris. The mayor works here in an office once occupied by Jacques Chirac, the former French President. One of the most impressive buildings in Paris, on par with the Opera Garnier and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Next to the Marais District, which is the hippest section of Paris.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

This is essentially city hall, but wow is it magnificent. I was just walking along Rivoli and stumbled upon this. It really is worth stopping by - it's yet another amazing building in Paris.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Hotel de Ville is the city hall building and also a very beautiful one. Though we did not enter, just standing outside to admire the architecture and its facade is something that is worth doing. The carvings and stonework are highly detailed with the figures. Stop by on the way to Le Marais.

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