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Palais de Justice, Rouen, France

The ornately Gothic Law Courts, little more than a shell at the end of WWII, have been restored to their early-16th-century Gothic glory, though the 19th-century western facade is still pockmarked by bullet holes. The courtyard, with its impossibly delicate spires, gargoyles and statuary, is accessible via a metal detector from rue aux Juifs; this is also the entrance to use if you'd like to sit in on a trial.

 

Under the staircase at the courtyard's eastern end is the Monument Juif (Jewish Monument), the oldest Jewish communal structure in France and the only reminder of Rouen's medieval Jewish community, expelled by Philippe le Bel in 1306.

   

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Taken on May 19, 2012