This year is the European Year of Cultural Heritage. A good reason to pay attention in 2018 to 1 of the most iconic buildings in The Hague: the Peace Palace. Why is this international ‘Temple of Peace’ actually located in The Hague? What happens inside the building? What could be more international than this unique building? Who were the people who contributed to it? The answers to these questions can be found in the exhibition ‘Peace Palace – temple for peace in The Hague’.
The countries involved in creating the building bestowed gifts to beautify both its interior and the exterior. This is what the exhibition is about.
Permanent residents of the Peace Palace
The Peace Palace is the seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice of the United Nations, The Hague Academy of International Law, the Peace Palace Library and the Carnegie Foundation.
European cultural heritage
The symbolic value of the palace is not only meaningful to the Netherlands but to the entire international community of the countries involved. This is why the building has been given the European Cultural Heritage label. The dream of peace is still being propagated by the Carnegie Foundation which has managed the building and grounds since it was built in 1904.
This exhibition on the Peace Palace can be seen on the illuminated panels in the Atrium of The Hague City Hall (Spui 70). The exhibition lasts until 14 May 2018.
The Hague’s Historic Monuments Preservation Section (Monumentenzorg) and The Hague Municipal Archives worked together to make the exhibition, with help from the Carnegie Foundation.