Old Parliament Building, Colombo

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Stop at Old Parliament Building and take in the neo-Baroque architecture on display. Constructed under British colonialism and opened in 1930, the building housed the island's' legislature until 1983. Unfortunately, the building does not offer tours of the interior, but you can walk around outside, inspect impressive bronze statues of eminent statesmen on the grounds, and take a relaxing break on the manicured green lawns. Bring a camera to capture the imposing structure. Make Old Parliament Building a centerpiece of your Colombo vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Colombo online trip builder .
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  • Old parliament building was in very near i stay it’s was great experience to visit Very beautiful Location  more »
  • Nice surrounding..just infront of gall face and new port city extention. Bera Lake divide Shangria Hotel.. cant do much they allow photography now..  more »
  • One tour of the Fort. The building itself is beautiful. If you walk naturally regarded as soak. The morning featured Fort Walker. Less street lights at night, dark and wide range around the walk.
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  • Really nice, historical location.
  • Nice to see old building in colombo
  • Can only visit from outside. Great pleasure to the eyes
  • The Neo-Baroque-style building was built during the British colonial era to house the Legislative Council of Ceylon. It was built on an idea of Sir Henry McCallum, which led to a proposal made by a committee to construct the new building for the Secretariat, Council Chamber and Government offices on reclaimed land at the northern end of Galle Face[1] were accepted by the Government in 1920. The chief architect of the Public Works Department, A. Woodson was responsible for the design of the building. The initial estimate of Rs 400,000 for the scheme was later revised by the Public Works Advisory Board to Rs 450,000, taking into account the extra expenses involved. The building was opened on 29 January 1930 by Governor Sir Herbert Stanley, as a year later it was taken over by the State Council of Ceylon with its establishment. The State Council here till 1947, when the House of Representatives was formed with the onset of self-rule. Following the formation of the republic line 1972 the National State Assembly met here till it was renamed as the Parliament of Sri Lanka in 1977. Parliament moved out to the new complex in Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte in 1983. Thereafter it became the home to the Presidential Secretariat. The building and the former Council Chamber (formally known as the Parliament Chamber) is the venue for many state functions year round. The Letter of credence of incoming ambassadors and high commissioners are accepted by the President here. The British Coat of Arms adorned the top of the building face till 1948, when it was replaced by the arms of the Dominion of Ceylon and was once again replaced in 1972 with the arms of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
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