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Law Courts of Brussels - Brussels, Belgium
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N 50° 50.231 E 004° 21.135
31U E 595216 N 5632590
Quick Description: The Law Courts of Brussels or Brussels Palace of Justice is Belgium’s supreme court of law.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date Posted: 2/22/2015 9:02:24 AM
Waymark Code: WMNDN4
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
"Translated into English as literally the ‘Palace of Justice’; Belgium’s supreme court of law. It is situated in the uptown area of Saint Gilles, down the road from Avenue Louise in an area formally known as ‘gallows hill’. This location gives it a great panoramic view of the city below. Almost like a watch tower or a guardian. The design and building of this goliath court house was not without controversy.

Measuring 20,000 square metres, the building was designed by architect Joseph Poelaert, who died 4 years before its completion in 1883. The style is described as Assyro-Babylonian, a mixture of different styles. The building is about 3 times the size of the Royal Palace and was commissioned by Leopold II, one of the first Kings of Belgium; it took 20 years to complete and cost about $300 million in today’s terms.

The main controversy of the Palais de Justice was the fact that 3,000 homes in the Marolles-Sablon area had to be demolished to make way for it. The people of the area were so furious. In return they defiled the building on the day it was open to the public and the word ‘architect’ has become a derogatory term; ‘schieven architek’ (twisted architect).

From the outside the Palais de Justice is an immense grey building with columns and a large golden dome. A glass elevator at the end of a bridge takes you down into the Marolles, where the ‘peasant’ and ‘working-classes’ used to roam beneath the towering symbol of justice."

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Year Built: 1866-1883

Current Use of Building: Courthouse

Level of Courts: Federal

Architect: Joseph Poelaert

Dates this building was used to house judicial proceedings: 1883-present

Physical Address:
Poelaertplein 1 1000 Brussels Belgium


Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:30am–12:30pm, 1:30–4:00pm Saturday: closed Sunday: closed


Related Website: [Web Link]

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