Photographer's Note

Dear TE Friends,
There are other beauties in Paris beside the beautiful buildings. For example, his sky.
The main characters will be Paris's clouds today. The phenomenon which can be seen on the picture was visible above the city hall. I wish you similar bright days!

Now not the city hall the main character, despite this some information from the building.

Hôtel de Ville - City Hall

The Hôtel de Ville, Paris's city hall, is the center of political Paris. Like Paris, it has been through some turbulent times.

Until 1141 when water merchants created the port de Grève (Shore Harbour) to relieve Paris's busy port, the site was merely a shingle beach. The square near the harbour was known as the 'place de Grève'.


In 1246 the first municipality was created when the Parisian trade guilds elected aldermen as representatives towards the King. There was no municipal building until 1357 when one of the Aldermen, a water merchant, bought a house near the place de Grève. The two-storied building featured two towers and arcades. Known as the House of Pillars, it served as the predecessor of the city hall.

Destruction and Reconstruction

A revolting Commune which had occupied the Hôtel de Ville for months set the building on fire in May 1771, destroying the valuable city archives. Shortly after the Commune was defeated by royalist forces, the city government held a competition for a new city hall. The architects Théodore Ballu and Edouard Deperthes won this competition with their proposition to reconstruct the Hôtel de Ville in its original style. Funded by a national subscription the construction started in 1873. Nine years later, the new Hôtel de Ville was officially inaugurated.

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