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Old August 23rd, 2010, 05:51 AM   #81
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Why did you make two identical threads?
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Old August 23rd, 2010, 12:34 PM   #83
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Parliament House, Melbourne (Parliament of Australia from 1901-1927)

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Old Parliament House, Canberra (Parliament of Australia from 1927-1988)

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New Parliament House (Parliament of Australia from 1988-present)

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Portuguese Parliament

Portuguese Parliament

The Palácio de São Bento (English: Saint Benedict's Palace) is the home of the Assembly of the Republic, the Portuguese parliament. It is located in Lisbon, in the parish with the same name. Close to Bairro Alto, the Palace of São Bento was formerly known as the seat of the National Assembly (Assembleia Nacional) during the Estado Novo regime. Nearby is the official residence of Portugal’s Prime Minister.

The Palace has its origin in the first Benedictine monastery of Lisbon, established in 1598. In 1615, the monks settled in the area of the Casa da Saúde (Health House), that housed people sick with the plague. The new monastery was built during the 17th century following a Mannerist project by Jesuit architect Baltazar Álvares, later followed by João Turriano. The large building, of rectangular shape, had a church flanked by two towers, four cloisters, dormitories, kitchen, etc. When the construction works of the new building were almost finished, the destructive 1755 Lisbon earthquake damaged it.

After the Liberal Revolution (1820) and the suppression of religious orders in Portugal (1834), the monks were expelled from the monastery and the Portuguese Parliament was installed in the building, then called Palácio das Cortes or Parlamento. From then on, the old monastery was systematically adapted to its new functions. The first architect in charge was Possidónio da Silva, who designed the first session rooms.

The Chapter house (meeting place of the monks) of the monastery was totally remodelled by French architect Jean François Colson into a session room in 1867. The Portuguese Senate (upper house) used to meet in this room until the 1976 Constitution established unicameralism.

In 1895, a fire destroyed the session room of the lower house, and it was necessary to repair and expand the Parliament building. Portuguese architect Miguel Ventura Terra was put in charge of the remodelling project, which lasted until the 1940s. Ventura Terra built a new session room for the lower house (inaugurated in 1903) and altered the façade of the building, adding a neoclassical portico with columns and a triangular pediment. He also remodelled the atrium, the monumental inner stairway and many other rooms. The works were continued in the 1920s by architect Adolfo Marques da Silva.

In the 1940s, during Salazar's Estado Novo regime, the monumental stairway in front of the portico of the Parliament was completed. The stairway was designed by Cristino da Silva, who was also responsible for the project of the gardens in the back of the Palace.

Since Portugal became a democracy after the 1974 Carnation Revolution the area in front of the palace has been the most popular location for demonstrations held in Lisbon.

In 1999 an annex building was inaugurated near the old Palace. This modern structure was designed by Fernando Távora and allowed for an expansion of the space of the Portuguese Assembly without altering its historical outlook.

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State Duma (lower house):

The building was built in 1932-35:

Federation Council of Russia (upper house):

The building was built in 1983:

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The new building in Tehran is stunning. Thank you for sharing.
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Great hall of the people, PRC
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Our islands legislature building is called "El Capitolio".

Photo looking North with the Atlantic Ocean in the back -

Photo looking South with the Atlantic Ocean in front and San Juan bay in back -

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Assemblée Nationale - Palais Bourbon

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Argentine Parliament
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Philippines - Quezon City
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Cambodia Parliament (Phnom Penh)

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The Australian Parliament is built into a hill:

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Old July 30th, 2011, 06:10 AM   #95
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Evolution of the Philippine Congress

Malolos Congress - Barasoain Church

First Philippine Legislature - Ayuntamiento de Manila

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National Assembly (Commonwealth of the Philippines) - Legislative Building (Now National Museum)


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Present-day Batasang Pambansa (National Legislature)

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Poland :

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Parliament, India:

We already have a thread about this:
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Old July 30th, 2011, 08:31 PM   #99
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The Norwegian parliament:

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A very modest building. The nimbys of yore sadly managed to get this building stopped which is how the parliament was originally supposed to look like:


They claimed it looked too much like a church.
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Finland, Helsinki

On the right is the main building build in 1931, architec being J. S. Sirén. Small building on the left is expansion constructed in 2004, being connected by underground tunnels to the old building.

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