Straight from Regina’s laptop. Bonjour!
A few weeks ago, this image of L’Hôtel de Ville captivated me.
I had to find out more. I originally thought it was a hotel but I found out that L’Hôtel de Ville is actually the City Hall of Paris. (On a side note, I’m somewhat miffed my City Hall doesn’t look like this. As in, not even remotely. Clearly, the French have a patent on making even the most mundane exhibit beauty.) The interiors are blessed with gilding, sculptures, decorative painting and fine art. Murals were commissioned from the leading painters at the time, including Jean-Paul Laurens and Henri Gervex.
The Paris City Hall Hall has been the center of the capital’s municipal institutions since 1357. It was redesigned in the 16th century and then again in the 19th century. The exterior boasts a Neo-Renaissance design while the interior ranges from the Renaissance to the Belle Epoque era. The building has played a key role in many political events.
(above, below) Two of a series of photographs on Flickr by Hotels Paris Rive Gauche.
Below is just one pic from the excellent post The Paris City Hall in Some Details by ParisOslo.
They also host wonderful private events…
…and fun events for the public.
By the way, the very first image is by Audrey Felix, a French photographer and art director, who also blogged about her visit there. (<– There are so many gorgeous images on that post I suggest you NOT miss clicking on it, trust.) Well, not only is L’Hôtel de Ville the seat of government, it also houses popular (and free) exhibitions. It is closed on Sundays and holidays but open at all other times. They also offer guided tours. (Check for hours, though!) The building also has a Metro nearby. Have you been? I’d love to go — it’s on The List. Have a great day, everyone!
P.S. As a side note, it was also the background seen in Le Baiser de L’Hôtel de Ville by Robert Doisneau. You might recognize the photograph.
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