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Manitoba Legislative Building A Winnipeg Wonder

Many people think there is nothing to see in the city of Winnipeg, the capital of the province of Manitoba. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Manitoba Legislative Building, home to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, is an architectural gem, especially in its interior. Construction of the building started in 1913 and was completed in 1920. The structure is on a neoclassical design by Frank Simon and Henry Boddington. The total surface area of the building is 250,000 square feet and stands 74 metres above ground level.
The Grand Staircase

Immediately upon entering the main entrance of the building, one is met with the Grand Staircase and its huge atrium. The steps of the staircase are made of marble and consist of three flights of steps, each with 13 steps. On either side of the staircase is a life sized Bison bronze statue, each weighing 2,268 kilograms. Many a wedding photo has been taken on these steps, including my own!

The Main Atrium at the top of the Grand Staircase
Standing by the Bronze Bison
The Rotunda

The Rotunda is a large chamber at the top of the Grand Staircase and serves as entrance way into the legislative chamber of the building. The Rotunda has eight Corinthian columns on its perimeter with a bust of Hermes between each column. Above the chamber is the the large dome of the legislative building. In the centre of the Rotunda is an Italian marble balustrade 4 metres across. Below is the floor containing the Pool of the Black Star.

The Rotunda looking towards the Assembly Chamber

Above the entrance to the Assembly Chamber is a large mural by Frank Brangwyn depicting a scene from World War I.

The Dome

The height to the dome from the floor of the Rotunda is 27 metres. The Dome itself is 16 metres in diameter and contains four panels containing five gold rosettes.

Pool of the Black Star

The Pool of the Black Star is a circular room below the Rotunda. The room has a radius of 8 metres and at its centre is an eight-pointed black marble star. The star is aligned directly above to the centre of the Dome. The building's design allows sounds from all over to be captured and heard within this circular room

Pool of the Black Star
Winding Staircase
Exterior View of the Legislative Building - North Side
Exterior View with the famous Golden Boy statue

Every visitor to Winnipeg should take a tour of this magnificent edifice. Photographers should make it a must see with a wide angle lens. You won't be disappointed!

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