Parliament Building of Quebec by Benson Kua Flickr The Parliament Building is one of the key works of Eugène-Étienne Taché (1836-1912). The quadrilateral building surrounding an inner courtyard was constructed between 1877 and 1886 in the Second Empire style and is unique in North America. Although Taché drew his architectural inspiration from the Louvre in Paris, he also set out to design a building that would tell the story of Québec.

The imposing fountain at the main entrance pays homage to the Amerindians, Québec’s first inhabitants. Here too are a pair of remarkable sculptures by Louis-Philippe Hébert, Fisherman with Spear and A Halt in the Forest. The statues decorating the main facade of the Parliament Building represent men and women who shaped the history of Québec, from the discovery of Canada by Jacques Cartier in 1534 to the birth of Confederation in 1867. Together, these historical figures give meaning to Québec’s motto, “Je me souviens” (I remember), which Taché had engraved over the main entrance.

Admission to the Parliament Building and the National Assembly Library in the adjacent building is free.

Guided visits of the Parliament Building and its grounds, and any exhibitions that are open to the public, are also free.

More information: http://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/visiteurs/index.html