Friday’s Tall Tales #14

Whenever I photograph a door or gate I wonder about its provenance, who and what has happened across said door or gate. I thought I might pick one from #Thursdaydoors and tell you a bit more about it or……maybe even weave a story about it.

The Hôtel de Ville is the city hall of Paris, France, standing on the Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville – Esplanade de la Libération in 4th arrondissement. The south wing was originally constructed by François I beginning in 1535 until 1551. The north wing was built by Henry IV and Louis XIII between 1605 and 1628. It was burned by the Paris Commune, along with all the city archives that it contained, during the Commune’s final days, in May 1871.


The outside was rebuilt following the original design, but larger, between 1874 and 1882, while the inside was considerably modified. It has been the headquarters of the municipality of Paris since 1357. It serves multiple functions, housing the local government council, since 1977 the Mayors of Paris and their cabinets, and also serves as a venue for large receptions and even exhibitions.



16 Comments on “Friday’s Tall Tales #14

  1. I kept coming across postings or information regarding doors, and I’m wondering why I’ve never thought about doors in this way. This door looks fantastic and is overflowing with history.

    Thanks for posting, Sheree! 🌼

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  2. I’m glad you selected this door today, Sheree. I was wowed when I saw it in your Thursday door post. I love all that scrolly ironwork.

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