Palais de Justice

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Palais de Justice information

Location
Rouen , France
Address
place Maréchal Foch & rue aux Juifs
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The ornately Gothic Law Courts, little more than a shell at the end of WWII, have been restored to their early-16th-century glory. On rue Jeanne d'Arc, however, you can still see the pock-marked facade, which shows the damages sustained during bombing raids in 1944. Around the corner on pedestrianised rue aux Juifs, you can peer in the spire- and gargoyle-adorned courtyard.

Hidden beneath the staircase at the courtyard’s eastern end is the Monument Juif , the only relic of Rouen’s medieval Jewish community, which was expelled by Philippe le Bel in 1306. An impressive, stone-built Romanesque structure constructed around 1100, it is the oldest extant Jewish communal structure in Western Europe.

The tourist office runs two-hour tours (€7) at 3pm every Tuesday and at 10.30am on the last Friday of every month.

Visitors curious about the French justice system can sit in on a court session – under French law, most proceedings are open to the public.