Since 1357, the Paris City Council has met at the Hôtel de Ville de Paris. Paris’ Hôtel de Ville burned to the ground during the Paris Commune of 1871, and the current building was constructed on the site by architects Théodore Ballu and Edouard Deperthes. The town hall, a prestigious and powerful location, is open to the public. The city’s Protocol Department organizes guided tours by reservation only. Visitors can tour the recreation of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors, which was built as a function room. There are also many successful and free major exhibitions held here.