Palace of Peace (Vredespaleis) : Michelin's recommendations
This palace is the home of the International Court of Justice, famous the world over for its ability to judge war criminals. It is the symbol of international law - a relatively new concept. The building was designed by Cordonnier, an architect from the French town of Lille, and was inaugurated on August 28 1913, one year before the start of the First World War. The first Peace Conference took place in the Hague at the instigation of Tsar Nicholas II in 1899, and a decision was taken then to set up a permanent Court of Arbitration. Carnegie, an American, offered funds to administer this court and equip it with a library. The Dutch government proposed a park and each nation contributed to the furnishing and decoration of the entire palace, which in 1922 became the seat of the permanent Court of Justice, the forerunner of the International Court of Justice (which was established in 1946). The palace has also been occupied, since 1923, by the Hague Academy of International Law. In the "Japanese Room", where the administrative council sits, the chairs placed around the table are decorated with the shields of the various countries. A bust of Grotius, together with some of his signed documents, is on display in the marble galleries on the ground floor. Following the line of the Zorgvliet Park, the Catshuis, comes into sight. This is the Prime Minister's residence and used to belong to Jacob Cats.
- Address : Carnegieplein 2 NL - 2517 KJ Den Haag2517 KJDen Haag
- Phone : 0703024242
- Website : http://www.vredespaleis.nl
- Prices : 8.50 €
Opening hours :
- May-Sep: 10am-4pm; rest of year: 10am-3pm - closed weekends