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Palais de Justice

March 15th, 2009 by paris

The Palais de Justice is located on the historic Ile de la Cite, an island in central Paris. There are several French courts in the Palais de Justice, as well as the remains of an ancient prison known as the Conciergerie and a Gothic church called the Sainte-Chappelle. This building is an interesting attraction for visitors who wish to view the processes of the French judicial system.

The Palais de Justice is open to the public, who are free to attend trials while they are in progress. There is no cost to enter the building. The Palais de Justice is the site of the Paris Court of Appeals, the court of large claims, the correctional court, and the Cour de cassation, or High Court. Those who enter the courtrooms in order to observe the cases being heard must remember to stay quiet and to refrain from taking film or photographs.

The Sainte-Chappelle is in the courtyard of the Palais de Justice. Tourists often visit the Sainte-Chappelle to see its legendary stained glass windows. English-speaking guides are available to discuss the architecture of the ancient windows. On occasional summer evenings, there are concerts offered at the chapel that are inexpensive and enjoyable. Many people who attend the concerts love to watch the sun set through the stained glass.

The Conciergerie at the Palais de Justice is the prison that housed Marie-Antoinette before she was sentenced to death. It is a popular place for tourists. The Palais is carefully monitored by security, which may sometimes result in slight delays when viewing the attractions.

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