Monday, November 4, 2013

Confederation Hall

Like other buildings on Parliament Hill, Centre Block is in the Gothic Revival style, as had been the first version destroyed in the fire. Confederation Hall is the focal point of the building, with corridors leading off to the House of Commons, the Senate, and the Library Of Parliament.


For the visitor, it is first viewed from above while waiting for the elevator up the Peace Tower. It's an octagonal chamber, with limestone columns circling the room, and beautiful carvings to be found throughout.



This gives you a view from the floor level.


Around Christmas, these columns and the hall are decorated for the season. I'll have to do the full tour of Centre Block around then. With luck, that includes getting into the House of Commons too.


Below, the Hall of Honour branches off from Confederation Hall, and goes to the Library Of Parliament at the far end.


I'll be returning to the Peace Tower in a few days for Remembrance Day, but until then, there are a few other posts to see to. 

34 comments:

  1. I cannot help trying to imagine a ball in Confederation Hall. It is beautiful and would be a perfect setting!

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    1. I like it, despite the persistant presence of politicians...

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  3. The detail is spectacular. Wonderful shots.

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  4. what a beautiful place! looking forward to seeing it all decked out for christmas!

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    1. I'll definitely have to get some shots in!

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  5. Nice shots, all. I like the last one. Try it in HDR, will be perfectly good.

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    1. I'll see if I've got that in my mobile....

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  6. It sure is a beautiful building inside! And your photos are wonderful!

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  7. Those columns and arches are wonderful as is your perspective in that last shot.

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    1. Thanks. I really have to take the full tour. I think it gets into the library, and that's a spectacular space.

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  8. Wow! What an incredibly beautiful place! Great shots.

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  9. It's beautiful! Reminds me of the National Cathedral in DC.

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  10. Such impressive architecture. It could be a movie set

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    1. I wonder if they've ever thought of it....

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  11. How beautiful The Fan vault is fabulous.
    You live in a most beautiful city.

    cheers, parsnip

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  12. What a stunning place. It's great to see a building with cathedral quality architecture and details used as a public space. And you captured it beautifully !

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    1. It's a place that's quite easy to photograph, and never the same look twice....

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  13. First photo looks like a fairy tale castle entrance!!!

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    1. Just with politicians instead of court jesters.

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  14. My word that is amazing. I cannot imagine any craftsmen doing that kind of work on a building today. Not that some couldn't of course. I'm just saying.......
    MB

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    1. These days it seems the emphasis is put it up as fast as you can without the esthetic quality coming to mind....

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  15. This place is simply amazing! Love every shot.

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  16. Bliss..so many arches, my favourite architectural feature!

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  17. Wow, this is soooooo pretty.

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