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 Reviews
Walking on my own in Colombo, I saw the Old Parliament Building. It is a huge building with a numerous statues showing the history of Sri Lanka's politics. I appreciated the old architecture. Very... more »
This is a lovely building that was situated next to our hotel. But you could not go inside the gates and are not permitted to take photos. Luckily I took some nice pictures from our hotel window. more »
The Neo-Baroque-style building was built during the British colonial era to house the Legislative Council of Ceylon, and was an idea of Sir Henry McCallum. This was subsequently included in 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, which was approved by the Government in 1920.A. Woodson, chief architect of the Public Works Department of Ceylon, was tasked with the building's design; his initial estimate of 400,000 rupees for the scheme was later revised by the Public Works Advisory Board to 450,000. The building was opened on 29 January 1930 by Governor Sir Herbert Stanley; a year later it was taken over by the State Council of Ceylonfor its use, who were tenants of the building until 1947, when the House of Representatives was formed with the onset of self-rule. Following the adoption of a republican constitution in 1972, the National State Assembly convened in the building until 1977, when it was renamed the Parliament of Sri Lanka. Parliament then moved out to a purpose-built complex in Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte in 1983; the building then became home to the Presidential Secretariat, housing the Office of the President. The building and the former Council Chamber (formally known as the Parliament Chamber) is a venue for many state events, often the letters 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 until 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.
Superb neo baroque building with a charm of its own, built in the early 20th century by British orders. Typical glorious building of the colonial era. A pity that due to the fact that despite not being used as a parliament House it's still used as presidential secretariat building it is impossible to visit.
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