We were staying not far from the Palais de Justice and so I found myself walking in the vicinity most days. I was always intrigued by the line up of official police vans outside. I can only assume that they are the French version of what we in Australia call paddywagons. I speak of the vehicles that the police use to transport criminals around. They bring the prisoners to court and take them to and from the prisons.
I can only assume that these vans in Paris are there for the same purpose. If I am right, then they sure must have a lot of crime in Paris, which would explain the many sirens we heard both day and night. The good news seems to be that the police must be very efficient because they seem to catch the baddies in great numbers, hence the line up at the Courts each day. My photo only shows one side of the building. there are just as many parked on the other side of the building as well.
Beside its important sacred monuments, Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle, Ile de la Cite accommodates also the Law Courts.
The beautiful stone buildings were erected by the Roman governors as administrative and military headquarters and witnessed important actions in France's history.
Following the French Revolution new courts were installed in the old buildings, taking also the name of Palais de Justice.
The huge complex which is the Palais de Justice sprawls across an entire block of the Ile de la Cite not far from Notre Dame. The current building was built to replace the Royal Palace of Louis IX although the beautiful St Chapelle which was a part of the palace was preserved and is encased by the current "new"building.
The law courts have occupied this huge structure since about the 17th century and the building is also home to the famous Conciergerie which is a museum today.
I really don't know which is the front of the building and which is the back but both entrances are very impressive. I particularly love the huge iron gates which stand at the entrance nearest to Notre Dame.
The Palais de Justice stands on the Ile de la Cité, where the ancient Roman city is supposed to have lied. The French kings lived in the castle until 1358, when they moved to the Louvre.
Its façade with Doric columns was built by Pierre Desmaisons and Jacques Antoine in 1786; it bears the revolutionary and, later, republican motto Liberté, égalité, fraternité ("Freedom, equality, brotherhood"). The gate in wrought iron that divides the courtyard from the street dates back to 1787. During the French revolution, the building was transformed into Palais de la Justice.
The French tricolour waves on the top of the palace, that has a beautiful dome, as you see in the photos of this tip.
This large complex has housed France's court complex since the Middle Ages. Until the French Revolution it housed the Parliament of Paris. The complex contains the Conciergerie, the famous prison where Marie Antoinette was held in preparation for her execution by guillotine. The Conciergerie is today a museum. On the left side of the complex is the incredible Sainte Chapelle, which is probably one of the most beautiful churches anywhere.
This complex was once the Palace of St Louis (Louis IX) who lived from 1214-1270. He was the only canonized King of France, presumably for his participation in the 7th and 8th Crusades.
The building complex of the Justice Palace, the Conciergerie, and Sainte-Chapelle is, since centuries, the political centre of France.
The beautiful gate, at the Boulevard du Palais, was made in year 1787.
The main entrance, with its column hall, is a work of art, from the time of Ludwig XVI.
On the tower of the northern corner of the palace, it is the first public clock of Paris that is brought here in the year 1371.
The actual decor of the clock stands from the sixteenth century.
This is the cell where she spent some years before over to the Bastille to get the final cut. The family was imprisoned here from 1789 when the Revolution took over and Marie stayed here until the death in October 1793. The existing cell is only 1/2 of orginal size. Marie had her children with her and they were continually sick form being down underground, and usual strife of that era. She was still treated with some dignity and allowed to even venture out for charity events on occasion. Robespierre, the beginner for the Revolution was also in a cell here, but got guillotioned in a couple of years after 1789.
The Palais de Justice, located next to the flower market, is built on the site of the former royal palace of Saint Louis, of which the Sainte Chapelle remains. The Palais also contains the ancient structure of the Conciergerie, a former prison, now a museum, where the Queen Marie Antoinette was imprisoned before being executed on the guillotine.
Thus the justice of the state has been dispensed at this site since medieval times. From the sixteenth century to the French Revolution this was the seat of the Parlement de Paris, the royal institution of justice.
El Palacio de Justicia, situado cerca del mercado de las flores, está situado donde el antiguo palacio real de San Luis, del que permanece la Santa Capilla (Sainte Chapelle). El Palacio también contiene la estructura de la antigua Conciergerie, una antigua prisión, ahora museo, donde la Reina María Antonieta estuvo prisionera antes de ser ejecutada en la guillotina.
La justicia del país se ha administrado en este lugar desde la Edad Media. Desde el siglo XVI hasta la Revolución Francesa fue la sede del Parlamento de París, la institución monárquica de justicia.
On your way to the Notre Dame, coming from the metrostation "Cité", make some time to admire the Court House and the Holy Chapel.
They are located on the île de la Cité, one of the islands in the Seine. Here is where everything began 2000 years ago. The Parisii, a Celtic tribe lived here and gave their name to the city.
In the crypt of the Notre Dame (also on this island) , which can be visited, there are remains of this old settlement .
This is a picture of the Palais de Justice's courtyard "du Mai", with the Holy Chapel at the left. The evening is not really the best moment to make some pictures here. Around 10 am is better.
And while you're here, don't forget to stroll along the flower stalls on the Place Louis Lépine (see next tip).
The main entrance is protected by an impressive golden grill with the French coat-of-arms. Behind them there is the Cour de Mai (May courtyard), called like this because ach year, to celebrate the first of May, a young oak tree was uprooted from the forest at Vincennes and brought in a procession by the palace staff to be planted in the May Courtyard.
The oak symbolizes the union of heaven and earth, God's justice and the justice of men, and therefore royal sovereign justice.
We take this courtyard in the way out from the Saint Chapelle. You can admire the great stone stairs inside it. They have four big columns with four allegoric sculptures: Fotitude, Abundance, Justice and Prudence.
La entrada principal está protegida por una impresionante cancela dorada don el escudo de Francia. Detrás de ella está el "Patio de Mayo", llamado así porque cada año el 1 de mayo, un roble joven trasplantado del bosque de Vincennes era llevado en procesión por el personal del Palacio y plantado en el patio. Este árbol simbolizaba la unión del cielo y la tierra, la justicia de Dios y la de los hombres, y en consecuencia la justicia soberana real.
Hay que tomar este patio para salir de la Santa Capilla. Se puede admirar las grandes escaleras de piedra. Tiene cuatro columnas con cuatro esculturas alegóricas: Fortaleza, Abundancia, Justicia y Prudencia.
This side is the Direction régionale de la police judiciaire de la Préfecture de police or, in other words, the Police in duty for the Juditial Power. In this side a like a lot the original squared tower with a small round tower attached to.
Este lado es el de la Dirección Regional de la Policía Judicial de la Prefectura de Policía o, en otras palabras, la polícia a cargo del Poder Judicial. En esta fachada me gusta mucho la original torre, que es cuadrada, pero tiene otra pequeñita torre redonda adherida.
This is the "newest" part of the building, along with the one facing the Place Dauphine. It's next to La Corciergerie and it house the Supreme Court of Appeal. Inside there is the Saint-Louis Gallery, built at the end of the XIVth century, allowed access from the king's residence to the Bonbec Tower and the Hall on the Water, both built for the king Saint Louis, whom the gallery is named after.
Esta es la parte "nueva" del edificio, junto con la que da a la Plaza del Delfín. Está junto a la Conciergerie y acoje el Tribunal de Casación. Dentro está la galería de San Luis, construida a fines del siglo XIV, permitía acceder desde la residencia del rey a la torre Bonbec y a la "sala sobre el Agua", construidas una y otra por el rey San Luis, a quien fue dedicada la galería.