Christmas is coming to the Parl​iament of Canada

Confederation Hall showcases symbols of Canada’s provinces and territories.

The main hall of the central block of Parliament Building

The Parliament Buildings were designed in the Gothic Revival style, which was popular during the late 19th century.

Gothic Revival combines medieval traditions – like pointed arches, vaulted ceilings and gargoyles – with more modern elements. Centre Block features ornate carvings, vibrant stained glass windows and many works of fine art.

The Parliament Buildings are older than Canada.

The main hall leads to the library of Parliament

Construction began in 1859, when new buildings were needed to house the government of the Province of Canada (now Ontario and Quebec). When Canada became an independent country in 1867, the buildings became the seat of the new federal Parliament.

There are three Parliament Buildings: Centre Block (which is home to the Senate and the House of Commons) and the East and West Blocks (which house parliamentarians’ offices). The East and West Blocks are still standing, but the original Centre Block was destroyed by fire in 1916. The only part of the building to survive was the Library. The current Centre Block was built from 1916 to 1920.

The Library of Parliament 

Built in the 1870s, the Library is known for its beautiful interior.

The Library of Parliament is a modern institution in a spectacular Victorian setting. It features a dome ceiling and thousands of unique wood carvings.

The bright and colourful decor and the detailed woodwork are unique to this space.

Despite its historic origins, the Library supports the work of Parliament with modern and innovative services including customized research, reference and analysis. It also creates products that help teach Canadians about their Parliament.


Parliament of Canada


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