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The Quebec Parliament

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The Parliament building is one of the most interesting architectural sights of the capital of the canadian province of Quebec city of Quebec. The building is located in the heart of the city in the district of La Cité-Limoilou on the so-called Parliament hill and is home to the Parliament of Quebec, headquarters of the Governor-General and the National Assembly of Quebec.

The Parliament building is a four-story building in the Central part of which rises an impressive 52-foot clock tower. The building was built in the architectural style known as "Second Empire style", very popular in the second half of the 19th century in Europe (especially in France, where he actually originated) and then in America, designed by renowned canadian architect eugène-étienne taché has been in the years 1877-1886. The first meeting of the National Assembly (until 1968 - the Legislative Assembly) within these walls was held on 27 April 1886.

Special attention deserve the facade is decorated with numerous statues that tell the history of Quebec "in the people" - is Samuel de Champlain (the founder and first Governor of the French settlements in Canada), Margaret Burgees, James Bruce, Rene Levesque, Robert Baldwin, Jacques Marquette, Louis de Frontenac, as well as the composition of the "family of Indians", etc. In the luxurious interior of the Quebec Parliament is dominated by wood, gilding and marble. In several places it is possible to see the heraldic Lily of the French and the Latin abbreviation "VR" (stands for Queen Victoria), as a reminder of the bilingualism of Canada.

The building of the Quebec Parliament has certain similarities to built around the same period, the famous Philadelphia city hall (one of the best examples of the style "Second Empire" in North America), although much less pompous.