on November 13, 2008
The Parliament Building in Victoria is quite fascinating to visit and best of all there are no entrance fees. The building is located right on the inner harbor and it’s near other major attractions. They offer free tours but the times vary depending on the season. The building was completed in 1897 and opened in February 1898 and today it is used for the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The original budget for the building was $500,000 but it ended up costing $923,000. The Legislative Library was added later between 1913 and 1920 and then that put total construction costs at 2 million. Seventy years later, in 1972 the government allowed for repairs and restoration on the building and the cost was eighty million and it took ten years to complete. The 3,330 outside light bulbs that still illuminate the building today was considered one of the first large scale electric light displays in it’s time. On this visit to the Legislative Building we ended up doing a self guided tour but then caught the end of the guided tour at the Legislative Chamber. The architectural details inside this building are beautiful and interesting to see and read about. They have several intricate stained glass windows and the memorial rotunda is quite elaborate. If you get the chance I would recommend taking the guided tour because you’ll still have a chance to visit the building by yourself at the end of the tour. The only disappointing thing is that most of the building is blocked off to the public which is understandable but it’s still an amazing place to see.
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