The Peace Palace in The Hague houses the International Court of Justice (since 1946), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (since 1913), the Hague Academy of International Law, and the extensive Peace Palace Library.
The International Court of Justice is the principal judicial body of the United Nations.
In November 1903 the Carnegie Foundation was founded by Andrew Carnegie in order to manage his donation of US$1.5 million for the construction of the Palace, ownership, and maintenance. This foundation is still responsible for these issues at present date.
The Peace Palace opened its gates in 1913, after six years of construction. The design, set in the Neo-Renaissance style, was submitted by French architect Louis M. Cordonnier.
The Palace is filled with gifts from different nations. Among the gifts are a 3.2-tonne vase from Russia, entrance doors from Belgium, marble from Italy, a fountain from Denmark, wall carpets from Japan, tower clock from Switzerland, persian rugs from Iran, wood from Indonesia and USA, and entrance gates from Germany.
There is no free access to the Peace Palace. Visitors are required to join a guided tour by advanced booking. The gardens are not accessible. Filming inside is not allowed (…so I was told after I filmed the entrance hall).
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(4:02) State berlin carriages from the Royal Stables
The Royal Stables has a fleet of six state berlins. The name comes from the German city, where the carriages were first built in 1662. A berlin is a covered carriage which can seat four people. The carriages are painted black and burgundy and can be drawn by two or four horses. The state berlins are used regularly.
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Filmed on May 14 & 19, 2010