Hôtel du Parlement
1045 Rue des Parlementaires, Québec, QC G1A 1A3, Canada
Photo by Guenter Fischer / age fotostock
Hôtel du ParlementJust outside the old city walls, the Hôtel du Parlement (Parliament Building) is where Québec's National Assembly meets. Statues of French and Québecois explorers and military figures decorate the facade of this grand and enormous Second Empire edifice constructed from 1877 to 1886. It's possible to visit the building, including its two legislative chambers, on a free 45-minute tour. While you may not be familiar with the so-called Great Darkness under premier Maurice Duplessis, the Quiet Revolution that followed, or later premiers like Robert Bourassa and René Lévesque who changed the course of history for not just Québec, but all of Canada, you are likely to end the tour curious to learn more. At a minimum, you may learn something new about Canada's federal system and the sometimes tense relationship between the country's francophone and anglophone communities.