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View Poll Results: Canadian Parliament vs. U.S. Capitol
Canadian Parliament 266 56.60%
U.S. Capitol 204 43.40%
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Old April 15th, 2006, 05:51 PM   #61
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I've got to go with the US Capital. I love the Classical Roman look to it coupled with it's massiveness.
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Old April 15th, 2006, 06:09 PM   #62
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they are both beautiful, yet this thread has been heavy on the canadian side....so with no further adooo....I give you the Capitol....



















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Old April 15th, 2006, 06:20 PM   #63
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Great pics.....I love the detail that went into the building
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Old April 15th, 2006, 08:43 PM   #64
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This doesn't really have to do with the actual parliamentry building in canada but, it's on parliament hill. I just love this photo of the Canadian Centennial Flame Fountain.

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Old April 15th, 2006, 09:43 PM   #65
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Peace tower. It was built as a memoriam to those who died in WWI and to celebrate the end of it. It also has an observation deck. (The black part)
Along with a bit of the east block
Look at the faces on the east block.




From the observation deck




Since the late 1970's there has been a refuge, past the Peace Tower on the Parliament Hill and overlooking the historic Ottawa river, though not a refuge for people, rather a place for stray, homeless cats. Shaped like two miniature Parliament buildings, the cat houses provide shelter for stray cats. Each house can hold about ten to twenty cats. Each cat has its own bowl which they eat from twice a day. Every two metres there are miniscule round-shaped windows which the adorable cats climb out of every morning, eager to be fed.
Founded by the compassionate cat-lover Irene Desormeaux, the orphanage has become a part of Parliament Hill. Unfortunately Irene died in 1987, but the spirit did not end after the tragic death, people volunteered and Rene Chartrand took the part and replaced Irene for this important job.

Much dedication is needed for the job and Rene showed his true fidelity and inner strength when he came and fed the cats on a winter day that his beloved wife died in 1990.

The government helps out with the costs by giving the orphanage 6,000 dollars per year which pays for health and food costs and the occasional tourist or friend who donates some money.
This orphanage truly is an excellent and unique addition to the Parliament Buildings. The cats are loving and radiant and I strongly recommend that if you ever visit Ottawa, stop by and visit this cool cat orphanage. You won't regret it!

Ive seen the cat guy. Its nice to just see a whole bunch of cats wandering around parliament. There safe to pet, and they're really friendly.
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Old April 15th, 2006, 10:12 PM   #66
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I have been inside both buildings and especially liked the detail in the library of the Canadian building. However, overall, I like the US Capitol building better because of its massive size and colorfull interior,
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Old April 15th, 2006, 10:27 PM   #67
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Well done, and thanks to everyone who submitted pix of these two gorgeous
old buildings!
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Old April 16th, 2006, 12:05 AM   #68
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Rideau Canal with Chateau Laurier on right.
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East Block with Centre Block on the right.
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The back of Parliament Hill. The conical building is the Library of Parliament opened in 1876. The inside is modelled on
the Reading Room at the British Museum.
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The daily event, The Changing of the Guard, involves the Gov. General's Foot Guards and the Grenadier Guards. These are famous regiments having served in the Nile Campaign 1884 through to WW2, Korea and present day peacekeeping.
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Supreme Court on right. The white thing is the Library being refurbed.
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The Senate Chamber, which is Canada's version of the House of Lords, is the appointed upper house of Parliament.
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Old April 16th, 2006, 12:28 AM   #69
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Note the bust of Queen Victoria overlooking the Senate Chamber.
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Old April 16th, 2006, 08:14 AM   #70
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I am loathe to post any pictures that I have not taken myself.. but I will make
an exception for this beautiful picture of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, and hope
whoever took this pic doesn't mind!
All nationalistic patriotism aside... I think you have to admit Ottawa
has something...
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Old April 16th, 2006, 12:57 PM   #71
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Indeed the Canadian parliament does lok like a university/school building, though it's a great building non the less.

That said I lok at it and think I wish it was the UK parliament, so am slightly disapointed.

I'm a big fan of classical/neoclasical so i go for the US parliament.
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Old April 16th, 2006, 06:11 PM   #72
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Quote:
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I'm a big fan of classical/neoclasical so i go for the US parliament.
Minor note: The US Capitol building houses Congress (not parliament) and consists of the Senate (upper house - 2 Senators per state) and the House of Reprehensivites (lower house - 1 Representative per voting district with approximate population of 680,000). Note: misspelling was intentional.
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Old April 16th, 2006, 09:21 PM   #73
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I'm a teensy bit surprised how many of the UK forumers find the Canadian buildings
to look like a school/university, and don't seem to see the same thing about
their own House of Parliament. The present House of Parliament in London was
built between 1835 and 1865. The original Canadian buildings (without the Peace
Tower) were built between 1859 and 1866. I doubt if anyone needs reminding that the buildings in Ottawa and London are from a very similar school of design! This Neo Gothic style was popular for government buildings, university buildings, and churches all throughout the old British Empire
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Old April 16th, 2006, 10:05 PM   #74
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Just to add some historical context, the US capitol was built in stages from 1793-1863

Main Building
1793-1800 - Senate Wing
1793-1807 - House Wing
1818-1824 - Central Building and Rotunda
1851-1859 - New House & Senate Wings (Doubled size of building)
1856-1863 - New central dome

Renovations
1884-1891 - Marble terraces surround the capitol built
1958-1962 - East facade of the capitol rebuilt 32 feet in front of the building
1971-1976 - Capitol modernized and restored for US bicentenial
1983-1987 - Major modernization and resoration on interriror and exterior spaces. Most exterior stone replaced and/or reinforced.

Here's a beautiful picture I saw on wikipedia

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Old April 16th, 2006, 10:29 PM   #75
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I love both of them.....but i rather the canadian parliament!
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Old April 16th, 2006, 10:40 PM   #76
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I have never seen the Canadian Parliament building before! It's really great And so it gets my vote
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Old April 16th, 2006, 10:59 PM   #77
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I'm gonna go with the US- mostly 'cos the Canadian is too similar to too many buildings I've seen in the UK. The US is a bit different from anything I've seen in the flesh (so to speak) though its influences are obvious.
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Old April 16th, 2006, 11:44 PM   #78
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Old April 17th, 2006, 01:53 AM   #79
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The Canadian Parliament, while definately an impressive building, is rather unimaginative. Many buildings of similar design and size exist elsewhere. It looks too much like a university, and the whole building seems rather disconnected from itself.

The US Capitol is a much more unique building and evokes a much greater sense of grandeur, stength, and power.

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