The Brussels Palace of Justice is the conflagration of the real and imaginary universes of the city. It is the true symbol of the passage between the Brussels of our reality and Brüsel, its mirror-city in Benoît Peeters’ and François Schuiten’s Cities of the Fantastic, to the point artwork and reality are utterly intermingled there. Its underground is said to hide an initiatic labyrinth that enables to travel to its alter ego, the Bruesel Palace of the Three Powers. It is even believed that its architect, Joseph Poelaert, died in a state of advanced dementia in the Ernest Dersenval’s Hospital, even though it does not exist in our reality. And what about those non-existing blueprints, all of them lost or destroyed during the war, so they say?
Location: Brussels (Belgium)