Going up the Peace Tower ends in a visit to the Memorial Chamber, one of the focal points of Centre Block. Before going in, one has views of Confederation Hall and its distinctive architecture from above.
Outside the main entrance to both the elevator and the Chamber itself, the carvings on the walls caught my eye.
The Chamber itself is contained beyond where you take the elevator. Inside, elaborate carvings and stained glass windows rise up around the visitor. Books of remembrance are contained in cases around the room, with their pages turned on schedule so that each page is visible at least once a year. The books commemorate war dead from both World Wars, the Korean War, and other deaths in military service. This room is sacred space, the very heart of the Centre Block that rose up out of the ashes of the First World War, and deliberately designed as a tribute to those who fell in battle and those who came back. I have more views from here tomorrow.