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A view of the upper part of the façade of the Hôtel de Ville de Paris. Impossible to capture the whole of the frontage as construction work was under way on the area immediately in front of the building.

The Hôtel de Ville is the building housing the city's local administration and the office of the mayor. Standing on the place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville (formerly Place de Grève) in the city's IVe arrondissement, the site has been the location of the municipality of Paris since 1357. The existing building commenced under the patronage of King Francis I (François I) in the first half of the 16th century. Building work was not finished until 1628 during the reign of Louis XIII.

The building has played a key role in the city's history, which has been somewhat turbulent at times. During the Paris Commune (1871), the Commune chose the Hôtel de Ville as its headquarters, and as anti-Commune troops approached the building, Communards set fire to the Hôtel de Ville destroying almost all extant public records from the French Revolutionary period. The blaze swallowed the building from the inside, leaving only an empty stone shell. The reconstruction lasted from 1873 through 1892 (19 years)

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