16 January 2013

#167 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada | CA-306221

The Fairmont Château Laurier is a landmark hotel with 429 guest rooms in downtown OttawaOntario, located near the intersection of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive and designed in the French Gothic Châteauesque style to complement the adjacent Parliament buildings.

Château Laurier was commissioned by Grand Trunk Railway president Charles Melville Hays, and was constructed between 1909 and 1912 in tandem with Ottawa's downtown Union Station (now the Government Conference Centre) across the street. The hotel features original Tiffany stained glass windows and hand-moulded plaster decorations dating back to 1912.

Parliament Hill (FrenchColline du Parlement), colloquially known as The Hill, is an area of Crown land on the southern banks of the Ottawa River in downtown OttawaOntario. Its Gothic revival suite of buildings serves as the home of the Parliament of Canada and contains a number of architectural elements of national symbolic importance.

Originally the site of a military base in the 18th and early 19th centuries, development of the area into a governmental precinct began in 1859, after Bytown was chosen by Queen Victoria as the capital of the Province of Canada. Following a number of extensions to the parliament and departmental buildings and a fire in 1916 that destroyed the Centre Block, Parliament Hill took on its present form with the completion of the Peace Tower in 1927.

Thank you, Zack (DanielYOW) !

Received on: January 16, 2013
Travel time: 18 days
Distance: 6394 km (3,973 miles)

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