Palais de Justice, Brussels

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    Palais de Justice

    by Mahieu Written May 3, 2004

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    On the border between the "Sablon" district and the "Marolles" district. The Palace of Justice was built at the end of the 19th century by Joseph Poelaert ( the same architect as the Congress Column)
    The palace houses the supreme court of law in Belgium

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    Justice Palace

    by Sjalen Updated Sep 25, 2007

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    It was the largest building in the world when it was finished in 1883 and opened by King Leopold II, and I think it might still be the biggest in Europe. It totally dominates the cliff it is built on and that is precisely the point. Below the cliff you find 'les Marolles' which was the poor working-class area of Brussels. There people had to look up to the masters. Today, Marolles is an interesting mix of immigrants and yuppies and loads of interesting small shops but as you wander there, you're still in the shadow of the palace (see picture). A few years ago, during one of the worst pedofile scandals Europe has ever seen, the stairs to the main entrance were filled with flowers, teddy bears and pictures of the children and there is almost always some kind of note about some tragic case or other being dealt with within its huge stone walls. This picture is from before it was restored and got the cupola all gold plated - now it is even easier to spot all over town. If you want to see a smaller copy of it, head for Lima where they've built a replica.

    Palace as seen from Les Marolles below
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    Palace of Justice

    by nicoleken Updated Jul 30, 2004

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    Court House
    This immense building is built on the Poelaertplaats and is 105m high and it is allowed to climb to the top.
    The building was built by architect Poelaert between 1866 and 1884, and was at that time the highest building of Europe.
    Architect Poelaert became mentally ill and died before the building was finished.

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    Paleis van Justitie (Palace of Justice)

    by OlafS Updated Feb 24, 2005

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    This is one of those monstrous buildings that governments liked to build in the 19th century to impress the people and eachother, but it is supposedly the biggest. Architect Joseph Poelaert designed it, as many other buildings in this city. I cannot really say I like it for its beauty, but I recommend a visit anyway. It's on top of a hill and you have a great view over the city. An elevator will take you down to the Marollen neighbourhood.

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    Palais de Justice

    by Lalique Updated Apr 23, 2003

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    It's huge, it's grand! (26,000 sq. meters!)

    The size of the building is just increadible! Standing at the entrance door I felt myself like an ant at the bottom of an ant hill.
    I tried to make the pic of the Palace, so it fited the shot but failed. I guess there are some secret spots in Brussels, from where one can picture that building in whole but I didn't find them :(((

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    Palais de Justice

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 11, 2006

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    This huge building certainly features heavily in Brussels' skyline as it can be seen from almost any vantage point in the city. It is built on the huge scale occupying an area larger than that of St Peter's Basilica in Rome, and was one of the world's most impressive 19th century buildings. It was built between 1866 and 1883 by architect Joseph Poelaert who looked for inspiration in classical temples, but sadly died mid-construction in 1879. The building is still home to the city's law courts. The building is currently (and has been for quite some time), being renovated.

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    Justice Palace

    by ZiOOlek Written Apr 9, 2006

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    This justice house (court of justice) is a creation of the architect Joseph Poelaert whoms statue is still to be admired underneeth in the corridor of the monumental stair hall.

    Monumentaal is usrely the right word to describe this building. It simply browbeats you, as well from the outside (built on a hill) as from inside.

    It was built between 1860 and 1883 in an eclectic style. The ingenious three-dimensional effect of this building (with as best example the huge 'salle des pas perdus') had great influence on the architect Victor Horta.

    For the construction of this complex (larger than the Saint Pierres Place in Rome) the porer region , also called the Marolles of Brussels, had to surrender a large peice of ground. The inhabitants were very disapointed in the architect and they opened a cafe on the corner of the Fox place and they called it "De scheve Architect" the crooked architect.This in relation with Poelaert. (with our thanks to Liesbeth Bleys).

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    Palais de Justice

    by SnoopySue Written Aug 24, 2004

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    Justitiepaleis was built in XIXth century (1866-1883) during the rule of King Leopold II. He instructed one of his favourite architects, Joseph Poelaert (1811-1879), to build a Palace of Justice on Galgenveld (Gallows Field, where criminals used to be hanged). At that time it was for a long time the world's largest building.

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    The Power of the Law

    by miketrudeau Updated Sep 2, 2005

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    The Palace of Justice is said by many to be the ugliest building in Europe. I disagree strongly, but then again I wasn't thrown out of my home to make space for the gigantic monster.
    When it was built, many people were displaced to clear the site. It was built on a hill with a great view over what used to be one of the poorer areas of Brussels, so that people could always see it and be reminded of the presence and power of the law, always watching, watching!
    It's architecture is inspired by greek temples and Egyptian tombs. The building itself is quite imposing and serious-looking, but fun to explore. You can go inside and sit under a huge dome, and hear all the footsteps and whispers of the people working there. The atmosphere is really something.
    And seriously. The Palace of Justice looks and sounds like the headquarters of a league of superheros, don't you think?

    John, Alli and Oli climbing the Stairs of Justice
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    Palace of Justice

    by rcsparty Written Nov 10, 2007

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    The law courts were constructed in the late 1800's. The building dwarfs all the surrounding structures and was built with a multitude of architectural styles. It was built on the site of the former town gallows. It also contains a memorial to the missing children of Belgium, which can't help but give you the shivers, especially if you are a parent.

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    A grand building in the heart of the city

    by clareabee Written Jun 13, 2011

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    Our hotel wasn't located too far from here and it is an incredibly grand building - just a shame it was half covered in scaffolding on our visit.

    I am not too sure whether you can venture inside but it is certainly worth having a look at it from an architectural perspective (hopefully the scaffolding will be off soon)

    You will also see that there are wonderful views across the city (assuming there is no fog!) a skip away from the Palais de Justice - worth a visit in its own rights!

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    Majestic building

    by froggy06 Written Dec 26, 2006

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    As the facade was under repair when I visited it in december 2006, I couldn't fully appreciate the full glory of this building but got speechless when I entered it. The inside is so grand...I felt intimidated and did not take any pictures of the inside.

    There is a postoffice on the right inside of the building. From there, have a look at the grand Graeco-Roman style staircases.

    Graeco-Roman staircases

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    Looming Justice

    by argentia Written Oct 11, 2005

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    The Supreme Court of Brussels is a very large and imposing building. A friend who lives in the city told me that it symbolizes the strength and power of justice...it's meant to scare people into obeying the law! The interior of the building is just as grand as the exterior, with soaring arches and mosaic tiles. There are no tours of the building, but it is possible to listen in on some civil cases.
    Beside the Supreme Court building is a lookout point. From here you can look over most of the city, and you can see all the way to Atomium.

    Palais du Justice Supreme Court, Brussels

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    Palace of Justice

    by martin_nl Written Nov 11, 2002

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    The Palace of Justice was built between 1860 and 1880 by Joseph Poelaert in eclectic style. It is believed to be the biggest building constructed in the 19th century in the world. Nowadays it still functions as the supreme court of law for Belgium.

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    by annelies77 Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    This gigantic edifice dominates the area. It was built between 1860 and 1880 by Joseph POELAERT in eclectic style. It is believed to be the biggest building constructed in the 19th century in the world. The palace of justice is situated on top of a hill, which was called 'gallows hill' in the Middle Ages. The dimensions of the palace are awesome: it is 105 m high and covers a total surface of 24.000 square meters. It still functions as the supreme court of law for Belgium.

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