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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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  • 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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  • Unlike other parliaments, this is open to the public ever and for free. It is a set of modern buildings with a full room. Visit very interesting.
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  • The Parliament House is in the old town of Edinburgh on the Royal Mile next to St Giles Cathedral. The building completed in the year 1639 is today the seat of the Supreme Court of Scotland. The Parliament House is on a fairly tight course. Free-standing it would probably still much more impressive over come. So are gone after a short moment further.
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  • Just outside view.
  • A Beautiful building.