Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Philatelic Photograph: Palais de Justice - Rouen, France

Interesting Places I've Phorographed
Palais de Justice
Normandy, France
Topic: Philatelic Photographs
Palais de Justice
Palais de Justice
GPS: N49° 26.525; E001° 05.546

Quick Description: 

The Palais de Justice is located one block north of the Rue de Horloge on the Rue aux Juifs the center of Rouen, France.

Long Description:

The Palais de Justice (Courthouse) in Rouen is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The construction of the building had its origin in 1494 when the city councilors passed a resolution to build a new market for the merchants of the city. This building evolved into the present day courthouse.

The building was built under the reign of Louis XII to a design by architects Roger Ango and Roulland le Roux between 1499 and 1508. It served as a Royal Palace, housed board of Normandy, and became home to the parliament of Normandy in the sixteenth century.

During World War II the Gothic parts of the structure were severely damaged and have since been restored. The neo-Gothic parts escape destruction.

The wing to the left of the courtyard façade is original Gothic, built between the late fifteenth century and early sixteenth century. It features pinnacles, gargoyles and a railing at the base of the roof. Other parts of the building were built as late as the early twentieth century. The central part of the building is a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles.

The stamp was issued by France on January 25, 1975 as part of a three stamp set in the ongoing Tourist Series of stamps.

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