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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 of Scotland, 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 hammer-beam roof constructed of oak from the Balgonie and Culross forests of Fife, thought to be the hardest and most durable in Scotland during that period. The roof of the former Tron Kirk further down the High Street is similar. 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 got a great tour of the French Adrienne (in English!). She told how the Spanish architect had conceived. Great. Otherwise do you think but it's something the moderns is behind every detail, but there is a serious objection. The debate Hall were they were allowed as compensation to the restoration, but we take a look at a desk of a MSP and its Think Box.
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  • Visit to the parliament building was a complete waste of time. There is very limited access, basically just to the entrance gallery.  more »
  • We were not sure which door to use to enter. Not the one with a handcuffed person escorted out by police. This is another example where you should not be afraid to ask a local for help. We entered the...  more »
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  • Fine building
  • Beautiful building and beautiful photos
  • Not much to see here really.
  • Historical place
  • Imposing

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