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April 22, 2016


Yesterday I visited the reopened Supreme Court in Den Haag. This picture is taken from the outside of the renovated Supreme Court or in Dutch, De Hoge Raad. This is literally “the High Council of the Netherlands” and it’s one of the highest courts of the Netherlands.
You see those 6 men? I’ll introduce them to you: Cornelis van Bijnkershoek, Ulricus Huber, Hugo de Groot, Simon van Leeuwen, Johannes Voet and Joan Melchior Kemper. Who? Well, all of them were all judges in the 17th and 18th century.
Did you know that these statues used to be located at het Plein up to 1988? They moved them and to be honest, I really like them here. The amazing glass wall is in great contrast with the old figures.
Inside the Hoge Raad
The inside of the building is also impressive, it has a bit of a futuristic feel to it. The lang hallway with the green-ish glass looks like it came straight from a very intense FBI themed movie.
Up on the wall you can read “Ubi iudicia deficiunt incipit bellum”, which means “Waar rechterlijke beslissingen tekortschieten, begint oorlog / Where legal decisions fail, war begins”. This is a quote by Hugo de Groot himself.
The building is open to the public every once in a while, check out their website for more info (check the little globe below this post).
I only have one thing to say: peace out!

Korte Voorhout 8
2511 EK Den Haag

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