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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 December 16th, 2006, 11:36 PM   #161
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I prefer the Canadian Parliament building since I find the gothic style of architecture more appealing to the eye. The U.S. Capitol building I find is a bit bland, not saying it looks bad but I like the styles of the roofs and window openings in the Canadian Parliament. There is so much more detail put into the Parliament buldings with the way the concrete was formed to make the beautiful design. It does indeed look like a school or university but when you visit it, it gives you more appreciation for it. The buildings are so old and well kept, the size of the property is huge, and the location is excellent too since it is right on the Ottawa River.
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Old December 17th, 2006, 02:04 AM   #162
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i'm going with the US's capital. not just because I live 45 minutes away, just because it seems like more of an icon. I've been to both and I thought the canadain one is beautiful. I think the US's capital is beautiful too. Also the rotunda of the us capital building in AMAZING. I havn't been inside canada's though. are you even aloud in?
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The original Canadian Parliament



Fire of 1916



The old burnt Parliament is demolished. Only the Library section is preserved.



Reconstruction



Reopening of the Canadian Parliament, 1921


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Old December 17th, 2006, 02:52 AM   #164
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Parliament Hill from Ottawa River



Peace Tower




Parliament Hill





Confederation Hall



Hall of Honour




Re-creation of the office of Canada's First Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald



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Chair for the Speaker of the Senate and thrones for the Monarch and consort




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Old December 17th, 2006, 04:40 PM   #165
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Old December 17th, 2006, 05:58 PM   #166
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someone said the canadian parlement was old and well kept. well the US capital is actually older. It suffered a fire just like the canadian building did also.
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Old December 17th, 2006, 06:05 PM   #167
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Architecturally the Canadian building is more interesting.
Its beautiful; the capitol has more awe-inspiring capability.

especially the pillars on the sides, reminds me of Roman times
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Old December 17th, 2006, 06:32 PM   #168
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i'm going with the US's capital. not just because I live 45 minutes away, just because it seems like more of an icon. I've been to both and I thought the canadain one is beautiful. I think the US's capital is beautiful too. Also the rotunda of the us capital building in AMAZING. I havn't been inside canada's though. are you even aloud in?
Yup your allowed in. I went to Ottawa a long time ago for a Grade 8 trip. We went inside, sat in the house of commons watched a bill being passed, can't remember what it was though. I can't remember if your allowed in the library (the only part that survived the 1916 fire) but i've seen pictures of the inside and it's just beautiful.
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Old December 17th, 2006, 11:38 PM   #169
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well those photos make the inside look amazing! I want to go inside sometime
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Old December 19th, 2006, 05:10 AM   #170
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SSC is where I saw pictures of the Canadian Parliament first... and I've liked it ever since.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 05:27 AM   #171
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Canadian Parliament - though I do like the vista to the US Capitol.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 05:40 AM   #172
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I also find the Capital a bit impractical...what's with those massive steps??? If all Americans were required to walk up the steps of your Capital, then you wouldn't be so fat!!! LOL

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That's just plain mean.I've never quite understood why a lot of canadians hate america and americans. It's sad . And also, a few post under this one above, it says that americans are more mean to canadians on SSC, well I've been to this site a lot and it seems the other way around, which I think is wrong either way. Besides, the steps arn't that big. Trust me, I've walked on them
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Old December 19th, 2006, 07:26 AM   #173
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I will say it again. I give the edge to the US Capitol. But, the two are beautiful and unique in their own ways.
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Old February 20th, 2007, 12:39 AM   #174
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Prefer Canadian Parliament much more; Canadian Parliament has something Capitol does not -- setting and location. Set on a hill, and located by a river, Canadian Parliament gives a majestic impression, while perfectly incorporating the neo-gothic style.

Capitol on the other hand is much more known throughout the world and has a great deal of symbolism associated with it -- the iconic pillars and roman-style give this impression.

When comparing both buildings architecturally I give the upper-hand to Parliament Hill, not just because I'm Canadian, but Capitol seems to bland and uniform, with the white colour and all. However, it would be interesting to see the State Parliament buildings. Here's a collection below of the provincial parliament buildings ...

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia -- Victoria, BC



Legislative Assembly of Alberta -- Edmonton, Alberta


Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan -- Regina, Saskatchewan


Legislative Assembly of Manitoba -- Winnipeg, Manitoba


Legislative Assembly of Ontario -- Toronto, Ontario


National Assembly of Quebec -- Quebec City, Quebec


Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick -- Fredericton, New Brunswick


Nova Scotia House of Assembly -- Halifax, Nova Scotia


Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island -- Charlottetown, PEI


Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly -- St. John's, NFLD and LB
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Old February 20th, 2007, 12:45 AM   #175
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I personally like Classical architecture, so I like the US Capitol more. Seeing it in person, it's much more grand than the Canadian parliment buildings, and I'm all about grand buildings.
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Old February 21st, 2007, 08:21 AM   #176
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errmm..no doubt canadian parliament although it is not as nice as Capitol
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 08:51 PM   #177
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I am biased as well and prefer the Canadian Parliament building.
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 11:53 PM   #178
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ive been inside the canadian parliment, and up the peace tower it has the best vewi up there. but i really love the canadian one its so nice inside.
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Old February 24th, 2007, 06:13 AM   #179
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sooo..whats up with the random pictures
cant you canadians read the thread title.?

I like both equally, IMO they are not comparable.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 12:03 AM   #180
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To me they're both equals architecturally. Each has its own look that is incomparable.

However, the symbolic power of the US Capitol and feel of the surrounding area is without compare world over.

BTW, right next to the US Capitol is the National Botanical Gardens with exotic, tropical plants from all over the world. Here's some pictures I found online:



Located on other parts of the National Mall are the largest museum in the world, largest library in the world, most visited museum in the world, largest free standing stonemason structure, and the White House.
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