The City Hall of Paris was rebuilt in 1874 in neo-Renaissance style after being destroyed during the riots and uprising of the Commune.
The view of this marvellous building is absolutely stunning, a true masterpiece of architecture thanks also to the 108 statues adorning the façade and depicting illustrious personalities from the history of Paris.
Few would imagine that the enchanting square overlooked by the town hall was the scene of horrific and gruesome events: it was here that executions were once carried out.
One of the most famous was that of Ravaillac, the assassin of Henri IV, killed with one of the most barbaric methods: quartered by four galloping horses.
It is possible to visit the town hall free of charge and admire some very interesting rooms including the enormous Salles des Fetes, the ballroom, the salons dedicated to the arts and sciences as well as the imposing staircase, the coffered ceilings of the rooms often adorned with caryatids.
Each room is sumptuous and full of charm, suitable for receiving heads of state and hosting banquets and important receptions.
City Card allow you to save on public transport and / or on the entrances to the main tourist attractions.