The tour guide led the way through the doorway, I looked up from adjusting the settings on my camera, stopped in my tracks, and had to catch my jaw before it hit the floor. This was my reaction to the Library of Parliament at the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Ontario.
I think by now you all know of my incredible love for books and how I snatch up every opportunity to read that I possibly can in a day. I even daydream about winning the lottery and building a house which would have a grand library with floor to ceiling bookshelves and a ladder on wheels to access the thousands of beautiful books. Well, over this past weekend I actually saw the library of my dreams, and I was overcome with feelings of awe and wonder. While visiting my parents for my dad’s 80th birthday, we took an overnight trip to Ottawa and enjoyed a full tour of the Parliament Buildings, which included the Library of Parliament. Here is a short description from the internet:
“We’re all familiar with the neo-Gothic Centre Block and iconic Peace Tower [of the Parliament Buildings], but you might be surprised how many times you’ve seen Parliament Hill’s library. After all, it’s depicted next to Sir John A. MacDonald on the $10 bill, but the drawing doesn’t nearly do it justice. The circular structure is in fact the only part of the original Parliament buildings that wasn’t razed by a fire in 1916. The place positively reeks of history, its vaulted ceiling and ornately carved pine walls having changed little in 135 years. At its centre is a white marble statue of Queen Victoria that presides over politicians and tour groups alike.”
I was absolutely blown away by the stunning beauty of this library, so much so that I couldn’t stop talking about it all day and actually purchased a book about it in the gift shop. Am I exaggerating? Check out these photos and decide for yourself. Is this not the most incredible library you have ever seen?