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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photographer_sg (4414) 2014-03-30 0:37
Excellent framing and composition. Masterlyl exposure with great sharpness and details. The finely sculpted figures are displayed in fine clarity and form an attractive symmetrical picture. Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday.
papagolf21 (103026) 2014-03-30 0:50
Bonjour, cher Stephen,
Heureuse idée de présenter l'Hôtel de Ville de cette manière pour valoriser l'architecture et les subtilités décoratives.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-03-30 0:57
a beautiful street atmosphere with attractive composition and splendid architectural details, superb shot,
dip (23888) 2014-03-30 1:51
a really impressive facade with amazing details!
well captured,thanks for sharing,
lousat (92978) 2014-03-30 2:22
Salut Steph,une capture originale,tu as coupe' la moitie' au dessous pour concetrer l'attention sur la beaute' de la facade sans avoir personne dans la composition,vraiment tres joli le resultat,qualite' des details au top! Mes compliments et bon Dimanche,Luciano
Royaldevon (39802) 2014-03-30 2:44
If you had tried to include more of the building, you would have been unable to clearly show these excellent details of architecture and sculptural decoration.
This is a very crisp photograph, nicely symmetrical and with well saturated colours, despite the relatively low light.
Have a great Sunday,
npecanhuk (75592) 2014-03-30 3:56
That's certainly a wonderful building!
That's a beautiful picture too!
Special regards to that welcome symmetrical composition!
TFS - congrats,
Sergiom (81929) 2014-03-30 5:42
J'aime bien que tu aies coupé le bas de l'image pour ne garder que la partie très symétrique de l'Hôtel de ville de Paris. Vraiment très élaboré comme architecture.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-30 7:38
Always unfortunate to have to do this in a shot in order to avoid ugly construction or traffic below, Stephen, but the result is lovely - a gorgeous building, shown with good symmetry and detail. Thanks!
Fis2 (99832) 2014-03-30 8:02
Wonderful building, beautiful tower!
Good frame, colors and sharpness.
I like it.
Nice sunday evening.
imageme (1790) 2014-03-30 9:45
Hi Stephen, A well captured of this façade of the Paris City Hall with great light and clarity along with nice colour tones. Best regards
Noel_Byrne (31678) 2014-03-30 10:10
So many statues! In niches, on the roof, it seems there are statues everywhere. And they do a great job to make this place so extravagant and intricate. I like that you chose this view as construction work would have taken away from this classical view and not including the lower part does not negatively effect it all. Very nicely done.
pierrefonds (67633) 2014-03-30 13:24
Cet immeuble est tellement grand, il est difficile à photographier en entier. La prise de vue permet de vue les détails et les couleurs de l'architecture d'une partie de l'hôtel de ville de Paris. Le ciel nuageux donne un bon contraste aux couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
carlo62 (50181) 2014-03-30 14:29
mi sembra giusto postare anche questa splendida facciata, il riconoscimento a Parigi città in senso assoluto.
Il palazzo è molto bello e con molte statue, sicuramente ognuna di esse ha un suo significato.
Corry (4508) 2014-03-30 21:04
L'architecture de l'Hôtel de Ville de Paris est superbe avec son décor sculpté et ses innombrables statues. Point de vue bien choisi pour nous le présenter. Bravo.
fabbs99 (17167) 2014-03-31 11:09
Beautiful architecture on the facade of the building of the hotel.The color and sharpness are also excellent.Very well captured.TFS.
Silvio1953 (145773) 2014-03-31 13:10
Ciao Stephen, great view of fantastic architecture, nice symmetry, fine details, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
ikeharel (73007) 2014-04-03 8:59
Marvelous perspective looking upwards on the facade and roof of the Paris beautiful Mairie.
Details of the statues, especially those 6 near the tower, the clock and the magnificently carved onto the archs of the windows, are fascinating sight.
A superbly taken photo, light on the grey day well managed, and a remarable sharp details shown.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (100880)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-29 23:49