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Hotel de Ville

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Address: Place de l'Hotel de Ville, 75004 Paris, France
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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Beautiful and not crowded

Worth stopping by. Not as crowded as most sights. Not a must see but if you're in the area, why not stop?

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth stopping by. Not as crowded as most sights. Not a must see but if you're in the area, why not stop?

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful building in an interesting area, The Hotel de Ville is the mayor's office. In Winter, there is an ice skating rink that is set up in the square. Other times of the year, there are interesting exhibitions and installations. It's a quick visit and you'll be lucky if you get a tour of the inside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Paris' Hotel de Ville sponsors excellent temporary exhibits on local art, culture and history. All are free. Come and learn something about Paris. But note that some are hugely popular and attract long lines.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The western facade of the Paris Hotel de Ville City Hall is a goldmine of small details and photo ops. There is ornate grilled fence-work, metal statuary and sculpted stone. Some is painted gold and the golden hour produces interesting shadow effects. Tip: go to the SW corner by the Seine river and you will discover the little-known jardin called... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is where mer of Paris resides, building impressive due to its grand architecture. Ice skating park is assembled in front of it for the winter season.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

This is a very beautiful building and an impressive town hall but you wouldn't expect anything less in Paris. The square often had displays in it that quite often spoilt the view of the building, but it is a working space for the people of Paris. It's worth a look and not far from Notre Dame.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

We have already visited the Hotel de Ville during our stay in Paris but noticed there was another exhition. This one runs through January 7th , 2017. The exhibition is about a famous French entertainer named Coluche . Never having heard of him , I went online and was convinced to attend . While all the captions were in French... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

l'Hôtel-de-Ville has been the headquarters of the municipality of Paris since 1357. So we gawked at it a few years later. Ha. What an impressive building it is. Historically, the building has been the scene of a number of historical events, including the speech by Charles de Gaulle in 1944 during the Liberation of Paris when he greeted the crowd... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

The exterior is splendid and the large square is often filled with interesting activities. There are a couple of stately rooms inside that it is possible to visit, depending on the whims of the authorities. Otherwise the inside is devoted to the business of the city of very little architectural value. The entire building underwent a major reconstruction after a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

As one of famous tourist attractions, this beautiful landmark has tons of character, gorgeous architecture. It's so worth to visit.

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