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Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), Brussels

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#12 of 39 in Historic Sites in Brussels
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Marvel at the magnitude of Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), whose construction required the relocation of an entire community. The neoclassical giant remains an important center of justice and is often bustling with law professionals. The sheer size of the building commands your attention--it takes up an entire city block and is larger than St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Like St. Peter's, a gold dome makes the palace easy to spot from different points around the city, so you could use it as a marker to orient yourself to other attractions. There is no cost to enter the building, and you are free to roam the halls, as well as view the main courtroom. Watch for the imposing statuary by Pierre Armand Cattier in the entrance hall. Put Justice Palace (Palais de Justice) into our Brussels vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Brussels.
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  • Now, it isn't the way it is because it is meant to "impose" and mark the magnitude of the law. It's that way because the Belgian builders didn't read the architects scale! And this is true, because, t...  more »
  • A huge and beautiful building, situated next to a square that allows you a very nice view of the entire city. It is worth visiting, more on the view.
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  • Due to the construction work and the barriers, was only not clear whether we could enter the Palace of Justice at all. We were able. The outer premises were upwards and slightly dirty and invited not just to linger, even though the sculptures and staircases made great impression. In the main building then pinible cleanliness and an impressive ambience welcomed us. The meeting tables all around in the large reception hall were all lit and invited to discuss. However, no one dared to sit there. An impressive place you have to see in any case. Here, too, the admission is free.
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It's easy to find accommodations in Brussels for nearly any budget. Tourists generally gravitate to the area surrounding Grand-Place, the city's main square. Also consider staying near Stephanie Square Centre and Boulevard de Waterloo, which are both centrally located. As Europe's unofficial capital, the city boasts a wealth of high-end hotels for visiting diplomats, concentrated along glitzy Avenue Louise. Those looking for a low-budget option will find a host of hostels scattered around the Grand-Place and within walking distance to the city's main attractions.
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