An elegant nineteenth century town hall overlooking Avignon's main square. The clock tower is particularly attractive.
France has many an attractive Hotel de Ville, and the Avignon Hotel de Ville is both attractive and imposing. Be sure to stand back to see the clock tower. On a Saturday afternoon, we saw a wedding here.
We entered this building looking for a restroom (did not find) but were amazed by the architectural interest and memorial aspects of the grand entry room. Spent about 20 minutes and reading the lists of dead was very moving. Saw French families with young children looking at various displays.
Nothing much happened, we were there for some talks, in a beautiful room. I was let in although I had forgot to register beforehand. Don't know if other things happen there normally, but it was nice to just look like I did as well.
The place is beautiful inside out - don't miss it if you tour the plaza, it's a short visit and really nice. We enjoyed the different works of art spread around the rooms the most - look for rooms that are ok to enter to, and you'll discover wonderful paintings.
Hotel de Ville stands alongside Place de l'Horloge and attracts few visitors, probably because one suspects (as did we) that it is an hotel. It is in fact the city offices, but is more like a war memorial. Inside you will find long (and terrible) lists of the war dead from Avignon (children, civilians, soldiers) with the French tricolour mounted... More
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