The Centre Block, the most famous landmark of the Canadian Parliament Buildings, stands tall and proud on Parliament Hill. It is built in a Gothic style and is six stories high. Over 25 different types of stone and marble are combined in this one structure, although the outside is mostly Nepean standstone, which was quarried from nearby Nepean Point, now a popular spot to get an all encompassing view of Parliament Hill.
The gardens of Parliament Hill are well kept and manicured all year round with hundreds of different kinds of trees and flowers; such as the tulips seen in the photograph here. Visitors to Parliament Hill are welcome to explore and stroll around the grounds to look at the gorgeous flowers planted there.
The Centre Block almost burned down in 1916 and almost everything was destroyed except for the Library of Parliament. It was however, quickly rebuilt by 1920, this time with the Peace Tower attached to the top, built to commemorate the end of the First World War, and was fully completed in 1927.
The Peace Tower is the most striking part of the Centre Block and it is decorated with about 370 stone carvings. It also contains a clock with 53 bells, and the Book of Remembrance, which lists the names of all the Canadian soldiers who died fighting for Canada in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, the Boer War, and the Nile Expedition. The Canadian flag that flies atop the Peace Tower is lowered to half-mast in times of great tragedy, such as the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Centre Block and Peace Tower of the Parliament Buildings and a garden of Tulips on Parliament Hill, City of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.Please make sure to visit my photo gallery for flower pictures with many more pictures.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/9.0, exposure time of 1/250 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 14mm.
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