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You should know that the Palace of Justice has been renovated various times over the centuries, and most likely stands right where the fortified field of the Roman legionaries once stood. You can still recognize three robust circular towers along the Palace's perimeter. In fact, in the Middle Ages it had the appearance of a castle and was the residence of the kings of France until 1358 when the court was transferred to the nearby Louvre and the palace took on a merely administrative role. Recall that Sainte-Chapelle, which is embedded in the ancient castle, was the chapel that was exclusively reserved for the king.

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