Palais de Justice Bruxelles, Brussels

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Poelaertplein 1, 1000 Bruxelles +32 2 508 61 11
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    The big palace

    by lina112 Written Jul 26, 2012

    The Palace of Justice or Supreme Court of Belgium is located in the upper area of ​​the city, Saint Gilles, on the way to the Avenue Louise, in an area formerly known as Gallows Hill. This location gives a panoramic view of the city. The building was designed by architect Joseph Poelaert, who died 4 years before its completion in 1883. The style is described as eclectic, inspired mainly Assyrian-Babylonian

    El Palacio de Justicia o Corte Suprema de Justicia de Bélgica está situado en la zona alta de la ciudad, en Saint Gilles, en el camino hacia la Avenue Louise, en una zona conocida anteriormente como Colina de la Horca. Esta ubicación le da una gran vista panorámica de la ciudad. El edificio fue diseñado por el arquitecto Joseph Poelaert, quien falleció 4 años antes de su finalización en 1883. El estilo es descrito como ecléctico, con inspiración principalmente asirio-babilónico.

    Address: Near Place Louise

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    Kudenberg hill

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 20, 2012

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    It is possible to observe Bruxelles from the Royal Square. The Square is located on Kudenberg hill which name is translated as "a cold hill". From the church of Sent Jaku - Sacred Jacob domes of other churches are well visible. Also you can see Gottfried Bulonian's equestrian statue - the leader of the first Crusade and the defender of the God Coffin. Also the windvane of the Town hall representing Sacred Michael, amazing dragon are well visible.

    The Palace of Justice is named "mammoth" as its weight exceeds all the European constructions from a stone, constructed up to it, including Sacred Peter's Cathedral in Rome. The palace is executed in eclectic style of mixture of the Assyria-Babylon, Egyptian, Greek and Roman architecture.

    You can watch my 3 min 05 sec Video Brussels part 1 out of my Youtube channel.

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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!

    Address: Near Place Louise

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    Palais de Justice

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The law courts of the Palais de Justice were commissioned by King Leopold ll. Constructed between 1866 - 83 and designed by the architect Joseph Poelaert who subsequently died from exhaustion. Designed intentionally to dwarf all other buildings in a mix of styles borrowed from nearly every period of Belgian architecture. Built on the site of the former gallows (well they do say Justice will follow through) the law courts became a symbol of Belguims industrial and colonial achievements. When we visited, the building was under massive restoration more or less obscuring all details with scaffolding. The spledid dome was restored so at least one picture shows the beauty of the courts.
    Open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm closed July guided tours are by written request only admission free unless of course you happen to be on trial here!

    Address: Poelaert Place

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    Elevator From Palais de Justice To Morelles

    by Mikebb Written Jan 27, 2009

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    Close to the Palais de Justice is a viewing platform which gives extensive views over northern Brussels.

    Should you wish to go down to the Morelles there is an elevator available. We took the elevator and then had coffee and light refreshments at one of the cafes in the Morelles. The elevator is something different and should you have children with you they will enjoy the ride and view from the glass elevator.

    View From Inside The Elevator.
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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.

    Address: Near Place Louise

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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.

    Address: Place Poleaert

    Directions: Near Place Louise (metro) where you can't miss it. There is a nice view of town from the cliff outside.

    Palace as seen from Les Marolles below
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    Visiting the Palais de Justice

    by ZeProff Written Jul 19, 2007

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    If you like la Bourse (the stock exchange) and Saint-Catherine's church, you'll probably also like the huge Palais de Justice on top of the Marolles hill. It was built by the same architect, Poelaert, and it literally dominates the whole city, being a very massive monument, the biggest in Brussels. Brussels is probably the only city I know where the landscape is dominated by the courts of justice. Visits are organized by a.s.b.l. Arkadia.

    Address: Place Poelart, 1000 Brussels

    Directions: You can't miss it when you're in the centre: it's visible from every corner. Close to the Sablons quarter.

    Phone: 02 537 67 77

    Website: http://www.asbl-arkadia.be/

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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.

    Address: Polaert Square

    Graeco-Roman staircases

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    Palace of Justice (Palais de Justice)

    by Dabs Written Dec 4, 2006

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    We were stunned at the size of the Palace of Justice, just how many criminals does Brussels have? Sitting atop a hill known as "gallows hill" where they executed people back in the middle ages, the Palace of Justice was a project of Leopold II and is purportedly larger than St. Peter's in Rome! It's placement overlooking the Marolles, the poorest neighborhood in Brussels, was intentional, a looming reminder of what fate had in store for you if you didn't behave.

    The architect, Joseph Poelaert, died during it's construction and legend says that witchcraft played a hand in his death from the many Marolles residents evicted in order to buildthe massive law courts.

    We passed by here on a Saturday when the building was closed, the guidebook says you can visit the interior for free on Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm (or 9am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3pm if you believe my other guidebook). You can take the glass elevator from Place Breugel to Place Poelaert and vice versa get a nice view over Brussels, also free.

    Address: Near Place Louise

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    Justitiepaleis – Palace of Justice

    by penumbra Written Dec 2, 2006

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    The Palais de Justice was designed by Joseph Poelaert and built between 1866 and 1893 on the hill where the gallows stood in medieval times. Covering a larger area than St. Peter's in Rome, this building was that largest constructed in Brussels during the 19th century.

    Address: Place Poelaert

    Phone: 02/508.61.11

    Website: http://www.buildingsagency.be/realisatieberichten_nl.cfm?key=39

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    Palais de Justice

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 16, 2006

    This massive building overlooks the entire city of Brussels. From here are some of the best panoramas of the city in all directions.

    The huge "palace" was built in the late 1800s, and it certainly looks it... during my visit, much of the building was under construction and the rest of it needed some upkeep.... I seem to recall broken windows, graffiti, boarded up doors, and crumbling stone....

    However, this is still the home of Belgium's highest courts, so a very powerful symbol.

    Address: Near Place Louise

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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.

    Address: Place Poelaert 1

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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).

    Address: Place Poelaert-Plein

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  • Do yourself some justice: The Palace Of Justice

    by xuessium Written Mar 25, 2006

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    "You musn't miss the Palace Of Justice." my buddy reminded me as he drove me around the city on my first evening around Brussels. "You'll get a great view", he again reminded me.

    I hit Brussels on a Monday, depriving me of all the museums. (Damn, I really wanted to see Pieter Bruegel the Senior's collection). By the late afternoon, I was almost done with all the places I had wanted to see, so I heeded my buddy's advice.

    The nearest tram stop was Louise though I made it on foot by navigating my way through the many alleys from the Cathedrale. There was a lift connecting one of the alleys which brought me several levels up to where the Palace is. From this spot, one could actually get a view of the city (free!), albeit at roof level. I could spy the Atomium in the distance.

    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. It 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 dominates the view on the southern part of Brussels; at close distance, it even blocks out the sun.

    The Palace alas like the Atomium was closed for renovation during the time I was in Brussels and many areas were not accessible. Still, it did little to take away the fact how staggering big the place is!

    It still functions as the supreme court of law for Belgium today.

    Address: Near Place Louise

    Directions: South side of the city.

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