Parliament Buildings

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Standing on Parliament Hill on cliffs that overlook the Ottawa River, the three gothic structures that comprise the home of Canada's government are perhaps the most recognizable buildings in the country. In fact, the Parliament buildings are often described as one of the most beautiful government centers in the world. Originally built from 1859-65, the home of Canada's House of Commons and Senate offers free tours year round. The entrance to Parliament Hill is marked by the Centennial Flame, lit to celebrate the country's birthday in 1967. The center of the hill is dominated by the 295-foot tall Peace Tower, which commemorates the nearly 67,000 Canadians killed in World War One. These buildings are home to the House of Commons, the Library of Parliament, the Hall of Honor and the Senate.

During the summer, visitors can witness the Changing of the Guard daily at 10:00 AM, in which the dress, weapons and Trooping of the Colors are inspected between the old and new guards. One of Canada's most outstanding attractions, this half-hour ceremony is presented daily on the lawn, weather permitting. It offers an unrivaled combination of color, tradition, pageantry and military precision. The Guard is also seen at Rideau Hall, where sentries are posted at the gate and main entrance.

Parliamentary Buildings
Parliamentary Circle
Ottawa, Ontario

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