Palais de Justice is one of my favorite buildings in Brussels. It holds Belgium’s supreme court of law and was part of a lot of controversies. King Leopold commissioned the construction for a cost of over $300 million in today’s currency and took over 20 years to complete.
The issue was that over 3,000 homes had to be demolished to make room for the palace. The homeowners were extremely angry, understandably so. On the day that the building was to be opened for business, the homeowners defiled the building, and the word “architect” was deemed derogatory.
At the end of World War II, the Germans set fire to the palace on their way out of town which caused the dome to collapse. A new dome was constructed with different dimensions, calling for a narrower and taller dome.
The palace is set on top of a knoll known as “gallows hill”.; from this location, you can see a panorama of the city. It is truly worth a visit. When the construction was completed in 1883 it was known to be the largest building in the world.
To this day, it is still considered one of the largest and most impressive buildings in Europe.
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