Palais de Justice, Strasbourg

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Outside view (2010)
Pediment of façade
Staircase of great hall
Sphinx in great hall

The Palais de Justice of Strasbourg is a large 19th century neo-Greek building (with neo-Egyptian elements) in the Tribunal quarter of Strasbourg, which houses Strasbourg's main court, the Tribunal de Grande Instance.


The Palais de Justice was built between 1894 and 1898 by the Danish architect Skjold Neckelmann, after the death of his partner August Hartel. It was to be his last major work. [1]

The Palais, designed in Greek Revival style, features a large portico with Ionic columns, surmounted by a triangular pediment that is decorated with the allegories of Justice (under the figure of the goddess Athena) and Fortitude or Courage, with two sphinxes. The entrance gate features a mask of Gorgon, believed to ward off evil.


In the 21st century, there was a long debate as to whether to build a new courthouse or to renovate the existing building. The latter option was finally chosen, with work due to begin at the end of 2013. [2] The work, which will entend the existing building, has been assigned to the Spanish architect Jordi Garcés, and is expected to be completed in 2016, at a cost of 63.2 million euros. [3] However, the renovation plans of Garcés are being contested in the courts by the Association des Vieux amis de Strasbourg, on the grounds that they involve the destruction of three courtrooms that are designated as monuments historiques. [4]

Monument historique[edit]

On 2 July 1992, the facades, the inner courtyard (Salle des pas perdus) and the courtrooms were classified as a monument historique. [5]

External links[edit]

Media related to Palais_de_Justice_de_Strasbourg at Wikimedia Commons

This article incorporates text translated from the French Wikipedia article on the Palais de Justice as of 12 December 2013.


  1. ^ "Tribunal de Grande Instance (ou Palais de Justice) - quai Finkmatt". Archi-Strasbourg. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Le palais de justice de Strasbourg : une façade de style néo-grec face à l'Ill". Ville de Strasbourg. 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  3. ^ "Jordi Garcés désigné pour rénover le palais de Justice de Strasbourg (diaporama)". Batiactu. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Recours gracieux contre le permis de construire du Palais de justice de Strasbourg". Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace. 2013-08-24. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  5. ^ Palais de Justice on the Mérimée database of the French Ministry of Culture (French)

Coordinates: 48°35′18″N 7°44′52″E / 48.5882°N 7.7479°E / 48.5882; 7.7479