Monday, 2 May 2011

L'arrière de l'hôtel de ville

This is the back of the town hall. To see the front or other views, click on the label below! The Belvedere is on Artsy Versailles today.

Il y a le Belvédère sur Artsy Versailles aujourd'hui.

30 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Such a lovely building — it looks better from the back than most buildings look from the front.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

brattcat said...

I imagine someone elegant and full of grace descending those wing-like stairs.

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

Love those steps. Someone could go up one side, then suddenly decide he/she doesn't want to go into the town hall and go down the other side. Slick!

Nice afternoon light, right?

Woody said...

All things considered, I think I'd prefer to use this entrance. Those stairs are amazing!

ρομπερτ said...

You live in such a beauty.


Please have a good new month and week as well.

daily athens

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Now that is a fine back entrance, n'est-ce pas? I would love to slide down one of those bannisters!

Have a great week ahead, mon amie!

Bises,
Genie

Leif Hagen said...

What a fantastic, royal "City Hall!" I'd be tempted to call it the "City Castle!"

Randy said...

Wow that is the prettiest back side of a building I have ever seen.

Jack said...

It is remarkable, Ciel. Very beautiful.

Bob Crowe said...

I really like those curved double stairways reaching up a floor.It's such an odd architectural touch.

Olivier said...

une vraie entree royale, elle est superbe , en plus avec cette lumiere

J Bar said...

So beautiful.

ALAIN said...

Une issue de secours pour les futurs mariés qui changent d'avis au dernier moment.

Cergie said...

Tout frais et pimpant, l'escalier à double volée semble bien fragile et à peine accroché.
Quand tu visites une ville et est dans le besoin, l'Hôtel de Ville t'offre des toilettes gratuites mais je n'ai pas essayé celles de Versailles.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This looks quite festive for a town hall. I guess it is supposed to make people feel better if they have to go meet with a bureaucrat to get a building permit or complain about their property tax.

VP said...

That is a grand and very elegant staircase!

Gunn said...

Great architecture and photo!
Love it!

Bergson said...

Lumineux : pour ce tenir éveillé ce lundi ;-)

SRQ said...

Stunning town hall. The staircase is quite impressive.

Halcyon said...

A beautiful facade.

Loree said...

oh my - that is a spectacular facade.

Tammie Lee said...

gorgeous, especially in this light!

Clueless in Boston said...

Great colors and a wonderful staircase.

JM said...

Awesome, but do you know if the staircase 'came' with the building or was it added later? Outside staircases used to always be made of stone those days.

Rob and Mandy said...

Wow, quelle elegance!

Winchester Daily Photos said...

Hotel de ville .. when I lived in Brussels my family went to the hotel de ville to ask if they had any rooms for the night...!

cieldequimper said...

@ JM: I don't know, I'll try to find out.

Sharon Van Lieu said...

I wondered if the stairs were added later also. They do seem like they were. What a wonderful town hall.

Sharon

Becky said...

This is gorgeous. I LOVE the staircases.

Kaori said...

I cannot get enough of your architectures there! Just lovely!