The Old Parliament Building is located on the Galle Face road and looks out over perfectly manicured lawns and open seas.
This building in Fort used to be home to the cabinets of the island for about 53 years and in 1983, the building in Sri Jayewardenepura was declared the new Parliament. Built by an architect named A. Woodson, the construction of this colonial building cost Rs450,000 at the time and has been an iconic part of the Galle Face skyline ever since.
Sir Henry McCallum was the first one who thought of building this baroque style parliament and by 1920, the permission to build was granted, along with this coveted space right at the end of the Galle Face Green. After the parliament was moved to Sri Jayewardenepura, the old parliament building was used as the house of the Presidential Secretariat.
Throughout the year, many stately functions and events are still held inside the building. The main decoration on the building was the mammoth British Coat of Arms, which was replaced with Arms of the Dominion of Ceylon and is now the Arms of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
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