Peace Palace, The Hague
The Peace Palace in The Hague houses the International Court of Justice (since 1946), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (since 1913), the Hague Academy of International Law, and the extensive Peace Palace Library.
The International Court of Justice is the principal judicial body of the United Nations.
In November 1903 the Carnegie Foundation was founded by Andrew Carnegie in order to manage his donation of US$1.5 million for the construction of the Palace, ownership, and maintenance. This foundation is still responsible for these issues at present date.
The Peace Palace opened its gates in 1913, after six years of construction. The design, set in the Neo-Renaissance style, was submitted by French architect Louis M. Cordonnier.
The Palace is filled with gifts from different nations. Among the gifts are a 3.2-tonne vase from Russia, entrance doors from Belgium, marble from Italy, a fountain from Denmark, wall carpets from Japan, tower clock from Switzerland, persian rugs from Iran, wood from Indonesia and USA, and entrance gates from Germany.
There is no free access to the Peace Palace. Visitors are required to join a guided tour by advanced booking. The gardens are not accessible. Filming inside is not allowed (...so I was told after I filmed the entrance hall).
VIDEO of my visit:
This building is home to the International Court of Justice (World Court) which is the principal judicial body of the United Nations. Built in 1913 as a copy of the 17th century City Hall of Calais, the court began work in 1946.
The Peace Palace was built between 1907 and 1913 by architect L. Cordonnier. It is built in NeoRenaissance style. It is home to the International Court of Justice. The palace can be visited for more info take a look at the website.
Vredespaleis - The Peace Palace
This is another historical site that
should be a must to see when in
Den Haag (The Hague) ....
The Peace Palace and the beautiful
gardens are a lively monument for a
number of important legal institutions.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Included are the following:
The International Court of Justice, The Permanent Court of Arbitration,
the Hague Academy of International Law and the Peace Palace Library.
Monday - Friday: 10, 11, 2, 3 and 4
Saturday and Sunday - Closed
Monday: 1 pm - 5 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday - Closed
When visiting the Peace Palace take your time to visit >>>
The Library of the Peace Palace; with one of the world's largest collections (all about the laws, and an extensive, interesting collection on international politics and the history of peace).
Visiting the library:
Tell the security at the gate you wish to visit the library. Bring a valid ID (passport, driving licence): you will have to fill in a form at the gate, which you have to take to the libraries information desk as a kind of day pass. Before you leave, be sure to have it stamped at the library so you can show it again at the gate when getting out.
Open 5 days a week - summer schedule (July-August): Monday afternoons from 13.00 till 17.00, and on other workdays from 10.00 till 17.00. The library is closed during weekends.
See the majestic Peace Palace (Vredespaleis in Neo-Renaissance style) in the huge parc around, our Walt Disney castle! Where Sleeping Beauty reigns the United Nations (International Court of Justice). Built between 1907 and 1913 (by architect L. Cordonnier) it is truly a building of international, interesting fame, because every country in the world contributed with something (like building material, crystal, furniture, paintings etc.). Its name of "Peace Palace" did not bring that much peace, starting World War II after just finished the building.
It's open for tourists during the day (the Palace is closed on Saturday, Sunday and Christian Holidays).
Tours start at 10.00, 11.00 hrs, 14.00 (2pm) and 15.00 hrs (3pm).
From Station Hollands Spoor take tram 8 (going to Scheveningen Noorderstrand). This tram stops 50 meters from the Vredespaleis.
From Central Station (on first floor of CS) take tram 7 (direction Statenkwartier).
In this city of palaces one palace hasn't got anything to do with the royal family, not with noblety and not even with Dutch history. Internationally, the Peace Palace is probably Den Haag's most famous building. This building houses the International Court of Justice, which was established in 1946. The building however was already built in 1913, and owes its existence to a large donation from American millionaire Carnegie, in an attempt to promote a better understanding among nations, an unsuccessfull attempt as the world found out a year later. It was designed in neo-Renaissance style by French architect L.M. Cordonnier.
In the near future the palace will be extended in modern style. I'm afraid that's going to be ugly. If you want to see it the way it was meant to look like, visit soon.
the Peace Palace (1913), the ‘seat’ of international law! It houses the principal judicial UN body, the International Court of Justice, as well as the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the oldest institution for dispute settlement.
Peace Palace: Guided tours
One of our experienced guides takes you through the entire Peace Palace with its unique history. See for yourself the Palace's corridors, Grand Staircase, Small Hall of Justice, Japanese Room, corridors, courtyard, and the Grand Hall in which the international Court of Justice holds sessions! The tours are in English, French, German and Dutch.
Guided tours are only possible by advance booking:
telephone: 070 - 302 42 42
fax: 070 - 302 41 30
children (up to 13): €2.30;
groups (more than 20 people) €2.70 per person.
Payment at the main gate, only cash accepted, no credit cards.
Brochures available at the gate for €1.50
Start of tour:
Summer, from May 1:
10:00 - 11:00 - 14:00 - 15:00 - 16:00 hrs
Winter, from October 1:
10:00 - 11:00 - 14:00 - 15:00 hrs
Please note in case of a session of the International Court of Justice the guided tour has to be cancelled.
This "palace" which really isn't a palace is home of the International Court of Justice and a famous law library. This is where war criminals like recently Slobodan Milosevic get their court trials.
The palace is a present from the rich American Andrew Carnegie to Den Haag and has been built between 1907 and 1913.
You can go on a guided tour through this important building, something I'd like to do some day!
Andrew Carnegie, who became rich in the steel industry came with the concept of building a peace palace.
An international competition was held for the best design of the building which was won by the French architect Louis M. Cordonnier.
In 1913 the building was festivily opened in the presence of the Dutch royal family.
It now houses the seat of international law, the international court of justice and the permanent court of Arbitration, the latter being the oldest institution for dispute settlement.
The century-old Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) was established by the Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes, concluded at The Hague in 1899 during the first Hague Peace Conference. The Conference was convened at the initiative of Czar Nicolas II of Russia "with the object of seeking the most objective means of ensuring to all peoples the benefits of a real and lasting peace, and above all, of limiting the progressive development of existing armaments." The most concrete (and therefore important) achievement of the Conference was the establishment of the PCA: the first global mechanism for the settlement of inter-state disputes. The 1899 Convention, which provided the legal basis for the PCA, was revised at the second Hague Peace Conference in 1907.
The PCA is now perfectly situated at the juncture between public and private international law to meet the rapidly evolving dispute resolution needs of the international community. Under its own modern rules of procedure, which are based upon the highly regarded and widely used UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, the PCA administers arbitration, conciliation and fact finding in disputes involving various combinations of states, private parties and intergovernmental organizations.
Inside the Peave Palace. Photography inside is not allowed besides the front entrance.
Very interesting as we took the tour of the palace...
The PCA is housed in the Peace Palace in the Hague, which was completed in 1913 and specifically built to accommodate this institution. The Peace Palace hosts not only the Permanent Court of Arbitration, but also the International Court of Justice, the Carnegie Foundation, the Hague Academy of International Law, and the renowned Peace Palace International Law Library.
the Figure of Justice....
Shortly after the first peace conferece in Huis Ten Bosch (Palace) in 1899 the American Multi miljonair A. Carnegie provided the money for building a dinified place for a permanent court of justice.
It was completed in 1913....
On days that there is no sitting at the International Court of Justice, you can take a tour of the Peace Palace. It is a very interesting experience. The building is very beautiful and is a symbol of international justice and peace.
This building harbours among others a library and the International Court of the United Nations. It's a very impressive building.