Friday, July 18, 2014

The River, The Library, And The Bell

Continuing on the west side of Centre Block, we come across this view of the Ottawa River separating the city from Gatineau. If you look very closely, you might see a tree in the midst of the river- there's an island down there. When I took this shot, all one could see of the island was the tree. The water had washed over everything else.


A pleasant view of the Library of Parliament's exterior can be found here.


Also present here, in a circle, is the original bell from the clock tower destroyed in the 1916 fire. A plaque accompanies it.




The path carries on beyond. You get great views from up here. The National Gallery can be seen in the background.



38 comments:

  1. That bell speaks volumes. Spooky


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= <3

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  2. The river looks particularly enticing considering how hot it is here all of a sudden... Absolutely adore the librart. The shape reminds me of the abbey of Fontevraud though this is much more ornate. Love the way the bell is displayed.

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  3. You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful city.

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  4. The river looks very wild, beautiful image!
    I like also the bell.

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  5. I like the river picture, but my favorite is the bell and how they placed it!

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  6. The circular building is amazing. So much detail.

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  7. that is a gorgeous building. wow weee!!! ( :
    happy weekend.

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  8. Maybe that bell can be used again in future.

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  9. What an interesting design of a Library.

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  10. @Linda: I've lost track of how many times I've walked by that bell, but I've always liked it.

    @Cloudia: it is spooky!

    @Ciel: thank you!

    @Stuart: there are a lot of nice places in this city.

    @Karl: the water down there can be quite swift.

    @VP: they've preserved it nicely.

    @Andy: the library is my favourite part of the Parliamentary buildings.

    @Revrunner: I've always thought so.

    @Beth: thank you!

    @Marleen: I think it's permanently in its place now. The current Peace Tower has plenty of bells.

    @Birdman: thanks!

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  11. the building is so neat! like that bell, too!

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  12. The library of Parliament is certainly a unique building.

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  13. What a wonderful view over the river, and I like the photos of the bell very much as well.

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  14. Awesome shot of the Library of Parliament! I had no idea that Ottawa had so much unique architecture until I followed your blog.

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  15. @Tex: thanks!

    @Sharon: it's such a fine place to photograph.

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Luis: as long as you ignore the politicians.

    @Linda: it's a pleasure to show the city off.

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  16. You are doing such a good job showing off our capital city, William!

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  17. I love the bell. Makes me think of the Liberty Bell.

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  18. What a great place to hang out. Beautiful scenery.

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  19. That is an amazing city you have there!

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  20. Beautiful shots, and I love the library building. The bell has an interesting history. Sad that it's no longer ringing out.

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  21. Bells are always nice. And I like the Library of Parliament, too!

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  22. @RedPat: thank you!

    @Norma: I hadn't thought of it like that.

    @Shelly: I've always thought so.

    @Tamera: and just as beautiful inside.

    @Judy: I enjoy living here.

    @Kay: fortunately there are a number of bells in the Peace Tower.

    @Cheryl: thank you!

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  23. Okay, no idea what just happened to my comment, so it this duplicates, sorry! Love the Library of Parliament building!

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  24. So many interesting things in Ottawa for the photographer. That building is extraordinary. All lovely photos

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  25. You know, I've been there. I didn't recall the bell.
    BTW
    We've gone over our allotment of bandwidth this month. I guess I'm uploading too many kid videos, and downloading too much. sigh.

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  26. Wonderful that someone rescued the bell.

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  27. Now THAT'S a library! I need that at my house.

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  28. Interesting photos and your commentary. It's interesting that when a building burns down and there is a bell involved, it gets rescued. When I lived in Maine, the church I attended burnt down in 2011 It was a total loss but the bell was saved and now once again rings on top of the new church.

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  29. It's interesting to see how much neo-Gothic architecture there is in Ottawa.

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  30. So interesting to read your daily reports from our capital! I enjoy being reminded about our history. Keep up the good work.

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  31. Amazing building! Love the library.

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  32. @Mari: I find myself wondering what's left of that tree after this year's floods.

    @Meradeth: so do I.

    @Denise: thank you.

    @Jennifer: thanks!

    @EG: yes it is.

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  33. @Carla: it's bigger than most houses!

    @Bill: that doesn't surprise me.

    @BDP: there's a lot of it here.

    @FG: thank you!

    @Jose: so do I.

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