Posted by: danielfee | December 13, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day 12-13-2011

Hotel de Ville – Paris, France

 The Hotel de Ville is the City Hall of Paris. It has been the location of Paris’s administration since 1357. The current building is the third City Hall building to stand on this site. In July 1357 the mayor of Paris bought the so-called maison aux piliers (“House of Pillars”) in the name of the municipality and it was merged into a square, the Place de Greve (“Square of the Strand”), a place where Parisians often gathered, particularly for public executions. In 1533, King Francis I decided to provide the city with a new city hall which would be worthy of Paris. The building was not finished until 1628 during the reign of Louis XIII. During the next two centuries, no changes were made to the edifice which was the stage for several famous events during the French Revolution. Eventually, in 1835, two wings were added to the main building and were linked to the facade by a gallery, to provide more space for the expanded city government. Reconstruction of the current city hall lasted from 1873 through 1892 (19 years) and was directed by two architects that won a contest where the best designer in the tournament got to design the City Hall. Since the French Revolution, the building has been the scene of a number of historical events, notably the proclamation of the French Third Republic in 1870 and the famous speech by Charles de Gaulle on 25 August 1944 during the Liberation of Paris when he greeted the crowd from a front window.



  1. Wow, very interesting. Thank you for sharing. 😀

    • Thanks, I have lots more to share. I see you are in South Florida also. I am in Ft Lauderdale and have been down here for 32 years.

  2. i like it

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