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The public square in Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville – Esplanade de la Libération


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Place de Grève

This square, called Place de Grève until 1803, was the scene of historic events. Festivals - notably that of Saint-Jean - used to take place there, as did executions. It is now a very serene square with its scattering of fountains and flowers.

Paris, Notre Dame, it is there beetween the two banks of the river where it all began in the second iron age, when the Parisii settled in the city. The heart of Paris: a bronze commemoration plate bears witness, making the zero mile for all the country's roads. It is also an important starting point for most visits to the beautiful Paris.

The many Paris museums are a fascinating short-cut to knowledge, creation and human adventure. There are the"greats" which give the visitor the opportunity of seeing some of the greatest works of art ever created by human genius. There are the "classics", where the enlightened amateur can rediscover past experiences and relive longfelt emotions. Then there are those magic places, former artits'worshops, which are like so many mysterious caskets in which the passer-by can find and experience sensations preserved in all their original freshness.

Paris is one of the european capitals which has the greatest number of gardens, woods and parks. Here are the more important woods and gardens of Paris, and also the cemeteries like Père Lachaise, which is the biggest park in the town.

Paris has a great number of markets: food markets in most of the districts, specialised markets as flower markets, birds markets, biological markets, antiques markets, and of course flea markets!

The Hôtel de Ville (City or Town Hall) has always been situated close to the river Seine and for more than three centuries has stood on the site which it occupies today. The origins of the Hôtel de Ville can be traced back to the Water Merchants, so called because they transported their goods by river. They used to meet in the Merchants Trade Guild house which was the forerunner of what was later to become a real town council.

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