Inside the Hotel de Ville

For this year’s National Heritage Days, I visited the Hotel de Ville–Paris’s Town Hall.

I was blown away by how beautiful it was, and would go as far to say that it rivaled Versailles in its ornateness.

Everywhere you looked, there were intricate details, glowing chandeliers, gold-leafing and frescoes.

There was also a library that looks exactly the same as it did 100 years ago. It is part of a little known set of libraries in Paris called les bibliothèques spécialisées. As the name suggests, they each have their own specialty: architecture, music, theater, etc. (Some of the others are as beautiful as this one.) And with a few exceptions, they are open to the public, as long as you sign up for the bibliothèque spécialisée card.

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One Response to “Inside the Hotel de Ville”

  1. Comment by jeff | 09/27/12 at 6:51 pm

    We visited the Hôtel de Ville on the same day. We might have even bumped into each other. This was a wonderful opportunity to see the inside of a building that we have been walking past for over 20 years.
    I especially appreciated the displays of what it takes to maintain such a magnificent building.

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