Architects: Théodore Ballu, Edouard Deperthes - Style: Neo-Renaissance - Date: 13th July 1882
Dimensions: 143m x 82m x 56m high - Function: headquarters of the Paris local authorities - Material: stone
A contributor and witness to the transformation of Paris, the City Hall possesses a history that dates back to the 14th century. A symbol of the values of the French Republic, the building currently houses the headquarters of Parisian democracy and welcomes visitors from all over the world. It was eternally captured by the photo by Robert Doisneau, ‘le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville’ (the Kiss at City Hall).
© Ville de Paris 2015
A unique witness to all the eventful episodes that have fashioned the history of France, Paris City Hall is situated on the site of the old ‘Maison aux Piliers’, bought by the Provost Marshal of traders, Etienne Marcel, in the 14th century, on Place de Grève, the current Place de la Libération. In the 16th century a lavish Renaissance building was constructed, and with the French Revolution the City Hall became symbolic of the freedom of Paris. In the 19th century the building was considerably enlarged, becoming the most beautiful palace in Paris, but during the confrontations in the city it was set on fire. In 1871 the municipal council, elected by universal suffrage, decided to rebuild the City Hall with its impressive Neo-Renaissance-style façade. Now the headquarters of Paris City authorities and their executive, the City Hall is a place of work and leisure where Parisians come to debate the capital’s future and Heads of State are received on official visits.
MONUmini Paris City Hall is the fruit of a productive collaboration between Paris City Hall and Another Studio.
Free guided tours of the City Hall are available from Monday to Friday upon reservation:
( +00 33 (0)1 42 76 54 04/50 49