Palais de Justice, Brussels

Brussels, Belgium

Palais de Justice, Brussels

The Palace of Justice of Brussels (French: Palais de Justice de Bruxelles, Dutch: Justitiepaleis van Brussel ) or Law Courts of Brussels is the most important court building in Belgium, seat of the judicial district of Brussels, the Court of Cassation, the Court of Appeal of Brussels, as well as the Bar Association of Brussels. It is located on the Place Poelaert/Poelaertplein in the Marolles/Marollen district of Brussels.

Designed by the architect Joseph Poelaert in an eclectic style of Greco-Roman inspiration to replace an older courthouse, the Palace of Justice was built between 1866 and 1883. With a ground surface of 26,006 m2 (279,930 sq ft), the edifice is reputed to be the largest constructed in the 19th century and remains the largest of its kind. The total cost of the construction, land and furnishings was somewhere in the region of 45 million Belgian francs.

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