Hôtel de Ville, Arras

The Hôtel de Ville (French pronunciation: [otɛl vil], City Hall) is a historic building in Arras, Pas-de-Calais, northern France. It was built in the 16th century, and completed in 1517.[1] It was restored in the 19th century, and re-dedicated on 26 August 1867 by Emperor Napoleon III.[2] It was then almost completely destroyed in World War I and rebuilt during the 1920s, using some modern materials where practicable. This can most obviously be seen inside the tower, where the main supporting structure is concrete. It has been listed as an official national monument since 1921.[3] In 2005, the belfry was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Belfries of Belgium and France site because of its architecture and historical importance in maintaining municipal power in Europe.[4]

Hôtel de Ville
The Hôtel de Ville in Arras in 2013

References edit

Assembly hall of the Arras town hall
  1. ^ Camille Enlart, Arras avant la guerre, Paris: H. Laurens, 1916, p. 16
  2. ^ Florian Pharaon, Voyage impérial dans le nord de la France : 26-27-28-29-30 août 1867, Paris: Imprimerie de L. Danel, p. 124
  3. ^ Base Mérimée: PA00107978, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)
  4. ^ "Belfries of Belgium and France". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Retrieved 5 November 2021.

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