Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Around The Hill

Behind Centre Block, we have two views of the exterior of the Library of Parliament. In recent years it's had extensive rehabilitation work done to it, hence its general looks. It's a beautiful part of the Parliamentary precinct.

Nearby is the Summer Pavilion, overlooking the Ottawa River, with views of Gatineau and Ottawa. I'll be featuring this again in an upcoming theme day.

This view from the Pavilion takes in the Confederation and Justice Blocks of Parliament on the left, with the Supreme Court to the right. I'll be taking you over to the Court starting tomorrow.


  1. Lovely buildning and a great view.

  2. The view looks amazing!

  3. Love this part of the city. Looking forward to your theme day. I've got something up my sleeve. It could be a real shocker!

  4. That Pavillion and that view. Lovely.


  5. Gosh! You make me think I ought to go downtown and photograph our own Supreme Court. :-)

  6. This is an area of Ottawa that Canadians can be very proud of. :)

  7. A couple of amazing buildings and a great view!

  8. Isn't the stonework amazing? I love it!

  9. It amazes me the amount of skill that went into building such a structure!

  10. Beautiful stone building and lovely view!

  11. Gosh the restoration work is beautiful William, a most appealing facade. Super view too, I'm curious to see that up and coming theme day shot.

  12. Restoration has done wonders to these buildings but if I could be picky for a second. I don't like the darkening of the grout between the locks. It's not normal. It also looks like some of this has not been cleaned.

  13. @Orvokki: it's a building with a lot of character- as long as you ignore the politicians. This time of year that's very easy.

    @Weekend: even on a muggy day.

    @Halcyon: mine is curious in more than one way!

    @Janis: the Pavilion makes good sense for the Shelter theme, which I think is October's.

    @Marianne: when they do the serious work around the Centre Block, a lot of this area is going to be cordoned off.

    @Revrunner: that's a good idea!

    @EG: indeed.

  14. @VP: much better on a day without humidity though.

    @Jennifer: so do I.

    @Janey: and stonemasonry's not as common as it once was.

    @Luis: thank you.

    @Nancy: thanks!

    @Grace: my Curiousity post is set to go, and when I come to the Shelter theme day in October, I've already got one photo taken during Doors Open.

    @Red: I wonder if the Library will end up getting a bit of a scrub down when Centre Block is done as well.

  15. Lot's of elaborate details on that building.

  16. Wow, that's either a stunning place or you're a remarkable photographer or both.

  17. I especially love the pavilion!

  18. Beautiful sites to see and a great view, too! One could ask for nothing better!

  19. You're making me want to jump on a plane to Ottawa!

  20. I like all the details in the first 2 photos!

  21. Great looking architecture and a beautiful view.

  22. I like the reddish tint on the arches over the windows!

  23. @Sharon: it's seen a whole lot of history.

    @Eve: thank you!

    @Norma: it's a wonderful place, I've always thought. Maybe not in the dead of winter with a howling wind blowing off the river. Well, I would think that way, but most people wouldn't.

    @Lynette: thanks!

    @Ciel: any of my readers, I'd be more than happy to be a guide!

    @Marleen: so do I.

    @RedPat: it's a great addition to the property. I'll have to get some details on it for the next time I post about it.

    @Jackie: thank you!

    @Denise: even on humid days, it is a great place to get a look from.

    @Linda: I wonder if that's from the original source of the stone. Red tends to signify the presence of iron.

  24. Wow! What views of the river there must be up there. A city at its feet.

  25. so fancy! luv the awesome architecture!! ( ;

  26. The Library of Parliament building must be one-of-a-kind! It is extraordinarily beautiful.

  27. What a beautiful stone building! The detail work is really spectacular.

  28. @Birdman: it's a great spot for views.

    @Gill: so do I.

    @Joan: if you're ever coming this way let me know.

    @Tanya: it really is.

    @Beth: I do too.

    @Kate: it's a wonder.

    @Karl: that's true.

    @Cheryl: it is!

    @Kay: I agree.

    @Mari: definitely.

    @Whisk: indeed.