Photographer's Note

Parliament Hill (French: Colline du Parlement), is an area of Crown land on the southern banks of the Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa, Ontario. Its Gothic revival suite of buildings serves as the home of the Parliament of Canada and contains a number of architectural elements of national symbolic importance. Parliament Hill attracts approximately 3 million visitors each year.

Originally the site of a military base in the 18th and early 19th centuries, development of the area into a governmental precinct began in 1859, after Queen Victoria chose Bytown as the capital of the Province of Canada. Following a number of extensions to the parliament and departmental buildings and a fire in 1916 that destroyed the Centre Block, Parliament Hill took on its present form with the completion of the Peace Tower in 1927.

Since 2002, an extensive $1 billion renovation and rehabilitation project has been underway throughout all of the precinct's buildings; work is not expected to be complete until after 2020.

Here we are looking East. The building in the foreground is known as the East Block. In common with its counterpart West Block, it contains ministers' and senators' offices, as well as meeting rooms and other administrative spaces. At the time of my visit it was the subject of restoration works as explained above.

In the background can be seen the Hotel Fairmont Chateau Laurier, more of which later in this series.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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