Since I had to take this opportunity to visit places that are usually not opened to the public, on Saturday I decided to go to the Hotel de Ville, which is Paris' town hall. This building has a plaza in front of it, that used to be the main location for executions, such as hangings, burning of people, among others.
This building was burned at some point, and then rebuild, and fully redecorated, by painters and sculptors. The decorations evoke the magnificence of the cities famous festivities.
|Ceiling detail of one of the rooms|
|Detail of wall decorations (paintings)|
|Entry to the Salon de Arcades with decorations dedicated to the science, arts, and literature|
|Sample of wall and part of ceiling decoration|
|Salon Georges Bertrand with decorations reflecting agriculture|
|One of the statues decorating the room|
Now here is the "salon de fetes" which is the main ball room with paintings all along the wall/ceiling depicting the main regional areas of France.
|Entrance to the room|
|View of the ceiling|
|The "sale de fetes"|
They also where showing the Library of the Hotel de Ville
After the Library you would be led into the Office of the former Mayor of Paris
They were also showing the Paris' Council room
After that, I went to the Mayor of Paris' office
|Mayor's Anteroom, or waiting room|