Welcome to the Hôtel du Parlement!
For those of you who did not already know this, Québec City is the capital of the province of Québec. And is the home to the legislature and Members of the National Assembly. The eight-floor structure done in the Second Empire style of Europe, which was constructed in 1877 conceived by Eugène-Étienne Taché, offers guided tours. One of which we found ourselves taking yesterday.
Why? Because the whole complex has undergone a huge renovation and upgrade these last few years. We, of course, like two tourists, wanted to see what was new. Quite a bit, as it turns out.
First up, the outside grounds and architecture.
What’s fun is they are using the gardens at the front of the buildings to grow vegetables and herbs, all of which are served in the MNA’s dining rooms. And yes, those too are open to the public. You can book to have lunch and or dinner in there … with the Members.
Meanwhile, enjoy the interiors of the main areas on the guided tour, which included both Chambers of the House.
The ceilings and stained glass windows alone are worth the visit, which I may add, is free. The modern (recent additions) don’t have the same pageantry, that’s for sure. Oh, and yes, we did stop in at the gift shop and bought ourselves some souvenirs.