May the expenditures be as large as possible, so that the palace will be worthy of its purpose and its city. ~Jule Anspach.
Sitting upon its hill overlooking a wide span of Brussels, including the basilica of Koekelberg and the Atomium (more on those later), is the Palais de Justice which was started in 1866 and inaugurated in 1883. A propitious hill for its purpose, I suppose, considering the Galgenberg hill was where convicted criminals were hanged back during the Middle Ages.
|The Greco-Roman style is evident everywhere you go.|
|The architect Poelaert|
|The cupola seen from the foyer below|
|The cupola seen from outside (with some scaffolding)|
Nowadays, the Palace is heavily guarded and will remain so at least until the Justice system is fully moved into its new, more modern (and sounder) quarters, leaving the future of the Palace itself uncertain. Plans have gone from turning the imposing structure into a shopping mall to an art museum, but all depends on the Palace's never-ending (and costly) renovations, which is why visitors now are bound to see the building surrounded by scaffolding.
|The inside of the Palais de Justice|
Curieuses histoires de l'Histoire en Belgique, D-C. Luytens, 2009