A replica of the XVth century original city hall, XIXth century Hotel de Ville is the heart of the administrative power in Paris.
The Hotel de Ville (Paris City Hall) has been the heart of political and social life in the city since 1357.
The City Hall is located at the heart of the city on the banks of the river in Paris. It is the largest in Europe. Although the city of Paris is relatively small with 2 million people, the City Hall exerts its influence over the 12 million people Paris region.
The city of Paris is further divided into 20 arrondissements (see map of Paris arrondissements). Each arrondissement has its own city hall with limited administrative power.
During the Middle Ages, parisians sentenced to death were hung on Place de Greve, today Place de l'Hotel de Ville.
The first City Hall building (picture) was built between 1523 and 1628 on a design by italian architect Le Boccador. Le Boccador also partly designed the Chambord Castle, the most famous of the Chateaux de la Loire.
This City Hall was destroyed by fire (picture) in May 1871 during the La Commune uprising. The City Hall was rebuilt on the same design between 1874 and 1882.