The Palace of Justice from Bucharest

The interesting Palace of Justice is an important emblem of justice from Bucharest. This historical and architectural monument is built between 1890 and 1895 during the economic boom and is located on Dambovita River.

After Carol I was crowned, the old Judgment Court became too small and King Carol I decided to build the Palace of Justice which is worthy for an independent state. This wonderful construction is built on the same place where used to be the Judgment Court, constructed on lands of boyars Creţuleşti and Goleşti.

Following the steps of Minister of Justice, Eugeniu Stătescu, in 1882 the Parliament gave the first loan needed to start this work of art. Architect Albert Ballu was chosen to make this edifice and architect Ion Mincu was responsible with the interior design and finishes.

The Palace of Justice is made in an irregular quadrilateral plan, has a basement, ground and three floors. It is built in a Renaissance style and has six allegorical statues symbolizing the Law, Righteousness, Justice and Truth. The edifice’s clock has also two statues that represent the Force and the Prudence. On the Main Front are three doors on which visitors can enter in the building. The Palace rooms are vast with many decorations.

The most important hall is “The Hall of Lost Steps”, also known as “Hall Horologe”. It occupies a quarter of the total building area and on its exterior are two stairs of honor made of marble. In the center of this hall tourists can see the Justice Minister Eugen Statescu Monument made by Ernest Dubois and Lawyer Mihai Kornea Monument by Romanelli. On October 4, 1895, The Palace of Justice is inaugurated with an official document on parchment through Carol I that offers this building to the judicial corpus to achieve their mission.

This parchment is made in three copies, one is built in this edifice, one is submit to the State Archives and the last one is preserved by Minister of Justice.

Between 1954 and 1956 are made repairs because they wanted to transform this edifice in a Palace of Culture.After the 1977 earthquake this building needs serious repairs, as most of the buildings from Bucharest. It looks like between 1979 and 1981 are made consolidation works, but below the mark. Because of the 1986 earthquake and because there are no funds for repairs this edifice closes its justice activity.

On June 2003 under the governance of Adrian Nastase starts the restoration and consolidation made by Romanian and France architects.

The restoration of this Palace is finished in 2006 and the following institutions are returning: Court of Appeal, District Court 5 Bucharest, Romania Magistrates Association, National Union of Bars in Romania, Bucharest Bar.

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