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City hall: photos, description (Hotel de Ville)

The modern town Hall of Paris is descended from the house on the banks of the Seine, bought in 1357, the merchant Provost Etienne Marcel for holding town meetings there. The Provost felt this urgent need: he was the head of reform movement, trying to put the monarchy to the Parliament (General States).

Thus, the house on the banks of the Seine in the XIV century became a focus for ideas and practices of municipal government. This mission he retained up to the present time.

In 1533 by the Italian architect Boccador rebuilt the house, turning it into a real Palace with a magnificent façade, as was customary in the Renaissance. The interior is not inferior to Versailles - tone in the city municipality asked the wealthy merchants, they were willingly invested in the symbol of his power.

The square in front of city Hall for a long time was called the place de Greve. Here were the festivities, here publicly executed. Saw the square in the many riots and revolutions, but the city Hall has survived them safely until came the Paris Commune. That burned the building together with the city archives and library.

The current town Hall was built specifically for the city authorities at the historic site in 1882. The building was larger, but in its main features is a replica of the old city hall. From the add-ons it is worth noting 80 statues of prominent Parisians and leaders of France, set in niches on the walls of the Palace. The interior was still magnificent.

Today, it houses the city hall of Paris. Officially called the town Hall the Hotel de Ville (city Palace). The first mayor was only elected in 1977, before such a position was not since the Paris Commune. In the building eleven times a year the Council meets, problem solver and Paris, and the eponymous Department (region of France). Board meetings are open and public.

In the Hotel de Ville the guests of honor of Paris takes it personally the mayor of the capital. The town hall plays in the life of Paris is not only the official role: it constantly hosts exhibitions and cultural events.