The Hôtel de Ville is made up of two distinct parts : along Rue du Général-de-Gaulle, facing the Palace, there is a relatively low building fronted by broad steps. Established in this former Conti mansion, this was Versailles’s first Town Hall.
This property of one of Louis XIV’s illegitimate daughters, in the reign of Louis XV was passed to the Royal Chamberlain: panelling from this period is stored in the modern part of the building. The latter, which faces Avenue de Paris, is an imposing neo-Louis XIII building designed by H. Legrand and dating back to 1897-1900.
At No. 6 Avenue de Paris, note the fine gate: it is all that remains of the barracks built in 1737 to accommodate the gendarmes of the guard, a rival unit to the King’s bodyguards. There in the lavish trophy décor above the gate can be seen the motto: “Quo iussa Iovis Quo iubet iratus Iupiter” (The angrier is Jupiter the more peremptory his commands).
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