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On Top in the Cap
The gleaming four legged flag pole on top of Capital Hill marks the new Parliament House. Opened in 1988, it cost $1.1billion & took 8 yrs to complete, it replaced the old Parliament House down the hill which served 11 yrs longer than its intended 50 yrs. It is built into the hill and the roof has been grassed over to preverve the shape of the original hilltop, which you can walk over if you wish to.
The interior of the building is filled with Australian artwork and in the foyer, which is designed to be reminiscent of a eucalyptus forest, are 48 marble-clad columns with two wonderfully crafted staircases.
The Great Hall
The Great Hall houses one of the largest tapestries in the world and is based on a work by Australian artist, Arthur Boyd. There are also rich Australian timbers use.
Free guided tours of Parliament begin at 9.00a.m. and run every 30 mins with the last tour at 4.00pm.
The new Parliament House is located on Capital Hill in the centre of Canberra's business district. From the roof you can get excellent views of Canberra. The 81 metre flag mast of Parliament House is the first thing you see and it has become the symbol of Canberra.
The 81 metre flagmast of Parliament House on top of Capital Hill has become the symbol of Canberra. It was completed in time for Australia's bicentenary in 1988. open to the public seven days a week. Free guided tours leave every half hour
Open daily 9am - 5pm, later when Parliament is in session. Free admission.
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Australian Parliament Building
The Parliament building is an absolutely astounding building inside. The symbolism used in representing Australian images in the lobby, the House and the Senate is extremely unique. As examples, the gigantic marble pillars in the lobby are green to to symbolise eucalyptus trees and native wood is used throughout for decor and structure. The Upper Chamber (Senate) is done in red to represent the earth and the lower down you physically are seated in the room, the darker the red gets (as it gets closer to the earth). There is also an enormous tapestry of the outback in the Reception Hall which took approximately 6 people 2-3 years to weave. Useless trivia learned: the flag outside of Parliament is roughly the size of a London double-decker bus and there is 21 km of tunnel in the Parliament building.
A visit to the Parliament...
A visit to the Parliament Building.
I have very stupid reasons for enjoying this. I liked the way it was built into a hill so you could climb to the top. I like the funny flag stand. I liked the mosaic out front. Hey, it's pretty cool...
PARLIAMENT HOUSE: Although it...
PARLIAMENT HOUSE: Although it cost a bomb back in the 1980's, I think this is a building that will stand the test of time. It is kind of like a house in the hill, as it is built into the ground - definitely worth a visit for the virgin Canberra tourist. Don't forget to go up to the flag pole on the top, as it has a great panoramic view of Canberra and wide open lawns - I pity the poor person who has to mow it!!
Great modern architecture - interesting symbolism and designs throughout the building and all that dirt/grass on the roof!
The House of Parliament
The House of Parliament
This was the Highlight of our visit to Canberra. The House of Parliament is a huge building with over 4,000 rooms. The House of Parliament was completed in 1988 and had been the main attraction of Canberra ever since. A excellent free tour is offered that is both educational and historical.
Visit the Capital Hill...
Visit the Capital Hill (Parliament House lies *into* it), and the Parliamentary Triangle.
The Parliament is into a small hill, only part of the building is visible out of the earth. Impressive combination of architecture, monument and nature. You can see the stainless steel flagpole and national flag from almost every place in the city. Picture: Federation Mall (North) side (sorry, I'm just in the middle but is the only picture I have :o)
Watch a fight in the Parliament
The new parliament building in Canberra is a fascinating place. But try to go one day when the house is in session. Who knows you might get to see the politicians yelling at each other :)
Its great to have a look inside the Parliament house. Just to see how everything going on in Australia as an outsider!
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Me Inside the New Paliment House
It's me inside the new parliment house, I don't remember exactly, I think that the uniform of the legislatif members in the old times. :)
House of the Senate
Public galleries overlook both the House of Representatives and the Senate Chambers and you are allowed to observe Australia's political process if you visit when Parliament is in session.
The obligatory trip to Parliament House
Other vt-ers have probably covered this one, but it is worth the visit. Try visiting the Old Parliament House as well as it houses the National Portrait Gallery.
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