Thursday Doors – Paris

This week we’re in Paris at Hôtel de Ville, or City Hall, which houses the city’s local administration. The building itself is striking, but I’m happy to focus on a couple of entrances today.

Look at this beauty, with its intricate iron work, glass and ornate gold touches. This is the door used by staff (at least early the morning I visited), and you can see a bit of the security scanner just inside.

And here’s the official main entrance with its beautiful engravings.

The inscription carved above the door reads, “In this place, September 4, 1870, the people of Paris proclaimed the Republic.”, referencing the Siege of Paris.

Hopefully one day I’ll be able to visit the inside of Hôtel de Ville, as I’ve heard that the function room was built to replicate the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. Which reminds me to add it to my ever-growing list of places in Paris I want to check out.


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11 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Paris

  1. Wow! If I could walk through that entrance every morning, I might give up retirement and go back to work. That is beautiful. The main entrance is stunning. I would love to tour that building. Until that might be possible, I appreciate posts like this. Thanks for sharing with Thursday Doors.

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    1. I have a trip booked for late November, so if the world stops imploding long enough for me to keep those plans I might be able to squeeze the tour in. In which case, you can expect a post about it.

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  2. I love a good, historical door, but it’s a shame that I tend to overlook them whenever I travel, in lieu of street architecture, city views, and the likes. It’s really in the details which make buildings all the more beautiful!

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    1. I think it’s a grass is greener situation. While I tend to look at floors, ceilings and the smaller details, I sometimes feel like I need to stop and take in the bigger picture. ⚖️

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