Every city in the world had its beginning – the place where the first houses were built, the first inhabitants lived. Speaking on Paris, so, according to historical materials, the modern capital of France was founded on the Ile de la Cité and surrounding areas. And every tourist who wants to feel the history of this great city should visit this place definitely. Perhaps, in our days Cité is not the most popular attraction in Paris (here it can inferior in this respect to more new objects – the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and others), but it is – an alive history of the city. So, let’s say a few words about the Place de Greve in Paris.
Place de Greve is the oldest square in Paris and along with Place de la Bastille the most famous. Its present name – the Place de l’Hotel-de-Ville.
With a view of architecture, the Place de Greve is an impressive and stylistically unusual object where the city hall is very notable. The Paris City Hall was built in the fourteenth century and during long years it was the center of city life. However, as we know, history is an evil thing often. At the time of the Paris Commune the city hall was destroyed almost completely, what could lead to the loss of this historic monument for the future generations. Fortunately, due to the state it was renovated and pleases many Parisians and visitors to the capital with its appearance. Today, the Paris City Hall appears before us in its medieval a bit gloomy colour.
The French Revolution is related to the Place de Greve very closely, and that’s why many people associate it with such a famous French historical phenomenon as the guillotine. This is not surprising, because it was a place of punishment of all kinds criminals (and enemies of the nation) for a long time. Fortunately, these days you will not see executions, being at this place.
Returning to the city hall, we should say that it is one of the most beautiful municipal buildings all over the Europe. For example, the external design of the city hall alone contains more than a hundred unique statues of the great French persons.
The Place de l’Hotel-de-Ville (Place de Greve) is often the venue for various cultural events, exhibitions and fairs.