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Parliament House, Edinburgh

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Parliament House in Edinburgh, Scotland, was home to the pre-Union Parliament of Scotland, and now houses the Supreme Courts of Scotland. It is located in the Old Town, just off the Royal Mile, beside St Giles Cathedral.Parliament HallThe oldest part of Parliament House is Parliament Hall, which the Town Council of Edinburgh, at its expense, had built as a permanent home for the parliament, and as such is the oldest extant purpose built parliamentary building in the British Isles. It was completed in 1639 to the design of James Murray. It has a dramatic hammerbeam roof made of Scandinavian oak, which may have been designed to evoke Parliament Hall at Stirling Castle, a previous home to the Scottish court. The roof of the new Scottish Parliament Building continues this tradition, and is supported by large laminated oak beams.After the Act of Union 1707 the Parliament of Scotland was adjourned, and the building ceased to be used for its original function. The Hall was used for the sitting of courts, but in recent times has been subject to restoration work and now remains open as a meeting place for lawyers.
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  • We took this slight deviation to the left, whilst walking up the Royal Mile today to view the old 'Parliament House'. (Not to be confused with the new building which is at the very bottom of the Royal...  more »
  • I saw this building, admired it's architecture, took a few snaps, but only realised what it was when I came to take a peek through TripAdvisor, nice on the eye, didn't seem like much going on when I w...  more »
  • The old Parliament House is practically hidden behind the Cathedral of St. Giles ... Deserves only a quick look from the outside before entering the Cathedral.
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  • Just outside view.
  • A Beautiful building.