1914-1918 : The occupation

Makeshift Dormitory

In September 1914, the courtroom of the Palais de Justice was changed into a makeshift dormitory. During the war, a large number of Germans arrived to Brussels, for which accommodation had to be provided. The number of hotels that were seized was insufficient to receive the 30,000 German civilians and soldiers who stayed in the capital. Like the Palais de Justice, a number of public and private buildings were used for this purpose.