The Paris City Hall (Hotel de Ville) has been at the heart of political and social life in Paris since 1500.
The Paris City Hall is the largest in Europe. Although the city of Paris is relatively small with 2 million people, the Paris 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 Paris arrondissement has its own city hall with limited administrative power.
During the Middle Ages, parisians sentenced to death were hung in the square in front of today City Hall.
The first Paris City Hall 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 Loire Castles near Paris.
This City Hall was destroyed by fire in May 1871 during the La Commune uprising. The Paris City Hall was rebuilt on the same design between 1874 and 1882.
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