The Centennial Flame in the foreground of this picture is a fountain with a symbolic flame in the centre. On January 1, 1967, then Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson first lit the flame to mark the Centennial celebrations, which was the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.
The fountain is located between the gates to Parliament Hill and the doors of the Centre Block in the background of the picture, and each province is represented in the fountain by the coat of arms shield that can be seen, which the water runs underneath. Above all, it is a monumnet to Canadian unity and the combination of fire and water is meant to symbolize the togetherness of English Canada and French Canada and visitors to Parliament Hill often throw money in the fountain for good luck.
The Peace Tower, on top of the Centre Block in the background of the picture, is the tallest, most prominent symbol of the Canadian Parliament buildings, and was built to commemorate the end of the First World War. The Centre Block below it houses the House of Commons and the Senate Chambers - both important divisions in the running of the Canadian government.
Centennial Flame with the Centre Block and Peace Tower of the Parliament Buildings in the background, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/5.6, exposure time of 1/160 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 17mm.
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