The Palais de Justice is an absolutely massive piece of architecture—the biggest building constructed in the 19th century. Home to the Belgian Court, the towering, stone-columned facade bears down on the surrounding neighborhood, as its sheer size dominates the skyline of Brussels. Although viewable from any vantage point in city, the palace is best experienced up close. Standing beneath this behemoth can be overwhelming, though the inside is just as lavish as the out. The building is open to the public during normal business hours and admission is free, so visitors are encouraged to meander through the building and all of its extravagance. Check out the war memorial and spectacular city views in Place Poelaert, just outside the Palais's main entrance.
*Restoration began in 2003, and is ongoing, so do not be surprised if parts of the palace are covered by scaffolding.
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