Old Government Buildings, Wellington

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The Government Buildings Historic Reserve, or more commonly referred to as the Old Government Buildings, is situated on Lambton Quay in Wellington. It was completed in 1876, and until 1998 was the second-largest wooden building in the world (after Tōdai-ji in Nara, Japan).It was built to house New Zealand's civil service, and now houses the Victoria University of Wellington's Law School. The building, is classified as a "Category I" ("places of 'special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value'") historic place by Heritage New Zealand, previously known as the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
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  • You would never believe that this building is made of wood. It's so well kept and to think it was built in 1874 ! The way it is maintained is a credit to it's custodians. 
  • Downtown Wellington is cosmopolitan, bustling and interesting. You simply have to spend some time here to fathom all of the great places to see and dine. As the capital city of New Zealand, its buildi...  more »
  • The seat of the old New Zealand Parliament now is home to the University's law school is located in front of the three new buildings of Parliament.
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