This article needs additional citations for verification. Paris, France, is the building housing the city’s local administration, standing on the place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville in the 4th arrondissement. Two wings were built a few years later. Rebuilt in the 1870s in its original French Renaissance style inspired by the Châteaux métro-Paris-Photo PDF the Loire Valley.
In 1533, King Francis I decided to endow the city with a city hall which would be worthy of Paris, then the largest city of Europe and Christendom. During the Franco-Prussian War, the building played a key role in several political events. The Hôtel de Ville had been the headquarters of the French Revolution, and likewise, it was the headquarters of the Paris Commune. When defeat became increasingly imminent and the French army approached the building, the Communards set fire to the Hôtel de Ville, along with other government buildings, destroying the building and almost all of the city archives.
Already, early that morning, the Commune added to the flames one of the finest and most historic buildings of all Paris — the Hôtel de Ville itself. Delescluze and one other had protested. Théodore Ballu and Édouard Deperthes, who had won the public competition for the building’s reconstruction. The architects rebuilt the interior of the Hôtel de Ville within the stone shell that had survived the fire. While the rebuilt Hôtel de Ville from the outside appeared to be a copy of the 16th-century French Renaissance building that stood before 1871, the new interior was based on an entirely new design, with ceremonial rooms lavishly decorated in the 1880s style. The central ceremonial doors under the clock are flanked by allegorical figures of Art, by Laurent Marqueste, and Science, by Jules Blanchard. Some 230 other sculptors were commissioned to produce 338 individual figures of famous Parisians on each facade, along with lions and other sculptural features.