Hôtel de Ville, Place Republique

Jules Hardouin-Mansart and local Arles architect, Jacques Peytret
17th century

The local Arles architect was assisted by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, one of the chief architects for the Palace at Versailles. This civic building illustrates the growing importance of the bourgeoisie in French cities. It also illustrates the influence of Italian classically-derived architecture. The five-bay structure has a logical elevation of three stories, a flat roof, more characteristic of Italian Renaissance architecture than French buildings with their steep roofs. The central bay has an impressive pediment and sculpture is used to accent various areas of the building.

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