Palais de Justice, Paris

Paris, France

Palais de Justice, Paris

The Palais de Justice (French pronunciation: ​[palɛ də ʒystis]; '"Palace of Justice"), formerly the Palais de la Cité ("Palace of the City"), is a courthouse in Paris, located on the Boulevard du Palais on the Île de la Cité. It houses both the Court of Appeal of Paris, the busiest appellate court in France, and France's highest court for ordinary cases, the Court of Cassation.

Among the oldest surviving buildings of the Palais de la Cité are the Sainte Chapelle (built c. 1240, during the reign of Louis IX) and the Conciergerie, a former prison, now a museum, where Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned before being executed on the guillotine. 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.

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