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The Hotel de Ville was built as an expansion of a 16C bell tower which is topped by a bronze statue of Mars. The building was started by Peytret but it a work of Mansart in the next century. It has a ground floor supported by columns and covered by an unusual wide flattened arch ceiling which is studied by students of architecture and its graceful outer arrangement of parts is also worth a view. A copy of the Venus of Arles stands on the landing on the way to the first floor. The statue was unearthed in digging out the ancient Theater; it is standing in the Louvre. The ground floor is commonly used as a passageway between viewing the Obelisk in the square and walking north to the Place du Forum.
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