Sunday, December 16, 2018

Final Viewpoints

Picking up where I left off yesterday, here we have another view of the Hall of Honour from Confederation Hall.

Turning around gives us a view down the stairs towards the main doors. During my visit, the exterior doors on the east side were shut, while the west side doors were open.

Turning around again gives us views of carvings, with Confederation Hall still in the background.

I stepped back outside, photographing details above the door.

Here we have the east doors. An inscription above the door is translated into French over the west side doors.

The carvings continue around the arches at the base of the Peace Tower. While I'm done with this series, I'm not done with this spot- my Christmas series kicks off with last year's visit to Confederation Hall, and I'll be featuring the winter lights on the Hill late in the month. I'm also planning on getting back up to the observation deck soon on a clear day for some proper, non-foggy views, and that'll show up early in the New Year.


  1. The archways are so pretty and I do like those doors!

  2. Beautiful doors. Some of the carvings are scary, but beautiful.

  3. Loved the detail of the gothic? hall. Thanks for the comment btw!

  4. Just incredible!

    I am a little thrown by the horse with the shield and the lion (?) with a shield. I've never seen those before. What are they?

  5. ...what amazing stone cravings.

  6. Hello, beautiful collection of carvings. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead.

  7. The architecture is beautiful. Great photos William.

  8. I like your blog header! Have a great new week!

  9. I'll have to visit Ottawa again, there's so much to see.

  10. I can't figure out what the cloven hoofed creature is behind one of the shields...the other is clearly a lion. A deer perhaps, with it's mouth wide open? Thanks for your great collection, and I'm looking forward to seeing more.

  11. Hello William.
    Great series of pictures! Beautiful carvings and I also like the doors!
    Enjoy your day!

  12. @Linda: so do I.

    @Maywyn: quite true.

    @Peter: gothic architecture is big here.

    @Sandi: the lion and unicorn are nods to British and French roots.

    @Tom: definitely.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Marleen: I agree.

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @Shammickite: there is!

    @Jan: they are.

    @Barbara: a unicorn.

    @dimi: thanks!

  13. As I've watched the carvings in your series I've decided I have to learn something about the style of carving.

  14. Schöne Steinfiguren mit vielen Details.


  15. It is certainly a grand place to visit and a blessing for any photographer.

  16. They sure don't build architecture like that anymore ~ awesome photos!

  17. Such a good series of photographs.
    The carvings are beautiful.

    All the best Jan

  18. How ornate the carvings are, what an inspirational buildng:)

  19. The Christmas decorations add some colours and atmosphere...

  20. Those carvings are impressive. And the simple east doors fit there nicely!

  21. @Red: it really is a craft.

    @Noke: thank you.

    @Sharon: that is quite true.

    @Carol: they really don't!

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Rosie: it really is.

    @Italiafinlandia: they do.

    @Tamago: I think so too.

  22. Wow, totally incredible! The carvings are awesome, what a stunning place this is.

  23. Beautiful (if, I agree, at times scary) carvings.
    It must be hard, precise work.

  24. The stonework is incredible! A treasure!

  25. I'm wild about the sculptures -- the detail of the stonework, the faces, the symbolism. And I will eagerly await the holiday series!

  26. @Bill: indeed.

    @Mari: thanks!

    @Klara: they can be!

    @Iris: it's an art.

    @Marie: that's true.

    @Jeanie: thanks!