The Parliament Building of Quebec is a beautiful and historic structure that is home to Quebec’s official legislative body, which includes 125 members.
Quebec’s Parliament Buildings
The Parliament Building of Quebec has a storied history and is one of Canada’s most important political structures. The building was designed by Eugene-Etienne Tache in the late 1800s and was opened in 1886 after nearly a decade of construction.
Standing eight storeys tall, Quebec’s parliament building was designed in a French style. This contrasts with parliament structures in some other Canadian cities. There are dozens of intricate statues and sculptures carved both in front of and on the building itself.
The most iconic part of the building, however, is the phrase Je me souviens that is engraved above the entrance. The phrase originated from Tache and means “I remember” when translated into English. Many people have different interpretations of Tache’s words but most agree that the architect was referring to Canada’s French roots and the people who built this country. Je me souviens is so iconic that it is now considered Quebec’s official motto. The phrase is also found on every license plate in the province.
The parliament building underwent renovations in 2019 to increase security measures. New features include an underground entrance and more rooms that can be used for conferences and gatherings.
The Building’s Interior
Quebec’s parliament building is where the province’s National Assembly conducts all its business. The members of the assembly usually meet in the debate room to discuss political matters, which includes seats for all 125 people. There are also beautiful chandeliers inside and a breathtaking painting that depicts a debate from 1793.
Another notable area inside the building is the Flag Room. This is where press conferences take place and its name originates from the eight flags that are hung inside which all influenced the design of Quebec’s current flag.
Outside of those two rooms, the building has a famous restaurant named Le Parlementaire. The restaurant was initially only open to members of the parliament when it was first constructed in the early 1900s but is now accessible to the public too. Le Parlementaire serves both French and Canadian cuisine.
Tours of the Building
During normal years, people can visit the building alone and without reservations. There is also the option of booking a tour, which lasts around 75 minutes. Guests can visit the library too, and this usually adds an additional 15 minutes to the tour (so 90 minutes in total).
Unfortunately, the Parliament Building of Quebec isn’t open to the public as of January, 2022, due to the pandemic. To stay up to date with the building’s status, visit The National Assembly of Quebec‘s website.
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