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Old October 6th, 2008, 06:48 PM   #1
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YOUR COUNTRY'S PARLIAMENTRY HOUSES


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Old October 6th, 2008, 07:04 PM   #2
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Old October 6th, 2008, 07:23 PM   #3
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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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Old October 6th, 2008, 07:26 PM   #4
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...Argentinian Congress...

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Old October 6th, 2008, 07:35 PM   #5
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Old October 7th, 2008, 11:06 AM   #6
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wow! awesome pics keep them rolling.
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Parliament of Canada. The Centre Block, the main building, was completed in 1927 after the original building was destroyed in a fire. The iconic Peace Tower is one of the tallest structures in downtown Ottawa, at 92.5 metres tall.

The East and West Blocks were both completed by 1876 and went undamaged by the fire, as was the Library of Parliament, which was saved by the heavy wooden doors which closed it off from the original Centre Block.



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Old October 7th, 2008, 09:26 PM   #8
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The British Houses of Parliament need to have a place in this thread:







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Old October 7th, 2008, 09:27 PM   #9
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National Congress of Argentina

National Congress of Argentina

The National Congress Palace of Argentina have been finisehd in 1906 and is one of the most beautiful palaces of Latin America.

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Situated at the end of Avenida de Mayo, at the other end of which is located the Casa Rosada, Argentina's parliament is bicameral and is made up of the 72-seat Argentine Senate and the 256-seat Argentine Chamber of Deputies.

Designed by the Italian architect Vittorio Meano, the building was under construction between 1898 and 1906 when it was precariously opened, to be later finished by Julio Dormal. As time went by, the building proved too small for its purpose, and in 1974 the construction of the Edificio Anexo, which now holds the deputies' offices, was started (image, below).

In front of the building lies the Square of Congress (Spanish: Plaza del Congreso) which is popular with tourists, as well as a preferred location for protestors and those who want to voice their opinion about Congress activities.



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Parliament Hill is an obvious favourite for sentimental reasons, but the British House is absolutely stunning and amazingly iconic. It hasn't been posted yet, but the parliament building in Budapest is brilliant!
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Old October 8th, 2008, 04:06 AM   #13
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Old October 8th, 2008, 04:13 AM   #14
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Parliament House, New Delhi, India

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Old October 8th, 2008, 04:51 AM   #15
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wow! what a good thread. i like the argentinian, the Hindu, and the portuguese parliaments. oh yeah, and the mexican one.
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quite disappointed with the Greek parliament i thought coming form them it would be something spectacular and ornate.
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The "new" parlamentry Houses, i think the Brazilian one are the most spectacular.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 01:43 AM   #19
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German parliament (Reichstag):


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The Congress Palace of Argentina is amazing btw!
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I really enjoy the symbolism behind the dome part of the German parliament. Architecturally, it's a great marraige between history and modernity.
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