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Old Parliament Building, Colombo

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Government Building Tourist Spot
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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Colombo holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Old Parliament Building and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • A nice place to take a photo...kind of Lanka heritage...i can see that got some army protect the place around this building.  more »
  • It is a huge building, surrounded by a wide garden area, allowing you to see it in its entirety. It is quite similar to the majority of parliaments or similar neoclassical style of Europe and America, such as the Spanish Congress of Deputies. Original color Brown and photogenic being free of nearby buildings that cover it.
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  • Constructed during British Era, the whole place have a British vibe surrounding it...opposite Galle face..no place to stop vehice...Cant enter inside...so , apt for a short photo op, ticking the box o...  more »
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  • This is Old Parliament, And this is 1st Parliament in Sri Lanka , Baththaramulla new parliament is located
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