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“Beautiful Parliament” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Parliament Buildings

Parliament Buildings
Bridgetown, Barbados
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Ranked #12 of 32 Attractions in Bridgetown
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Two late 19th century buildings built of coral stone, now important architectural landmarks in Bridgetown.
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“Beautiful Parliament”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

As the 3rd oldest parliament in the world you are getting a sight here. It is not well known but you can explore if you ask the security for a tour but I was told they are doing some renovations. 5/5.

Visited December 2012
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“Historic democracy housed in stone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Admiral Nelson's statue stands in the neo-classical shadow of these fine old buildings at the top of Broad Street while the waters of the Carenage lap nearby on the hulls of yachts.

Visited June 2013
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“A museum αи∂ a world heritage site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

It was nice to step off hot/busy Broad Street into the chilled, coral-limestone Hero's gallery. Enter into the West-Wing - clock tower side of the Parliament Building built 1872. For $10 I walked from year1629 through to the present day. On view, sculptures from artists: the sacrifices of revolutionaries to the personal belongings of Presidents made in the pursuits of justice and state laws;

On the opposite side, the neo-gothic East Wing completed late1873. this building houses the Senate and the House of Assembly. I was warned a dress etiquette applies to enter its Public Gallery. (open Mon, Wed-Sat 9am-4pm); so, I brought a long sleeved shirt. (to cover my arms!)

αи enjoyable ∂αу visual arts included with mature, friendly αи∂ attentive staff. I'll visit again.★

Visited May 2013
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“nice to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

A very nice historical building with a small exhibition of the 10 greatest heros of Barbados. But we didn´t like the busy Bridgetown very much - the tax-free shopping all around is ruin the atmosphere

Visited June 2013
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“Imposing Clock Tower....a standout feature”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

This spectacular architectural gem is not commonly referred to as the Parliament Buildings but rather the Public Buildings (actually two separate buildings). Neo - Gothic in style and indicative of the Victorian influence, for us the imposing Clock Tower in the West wing is a standout feature (seen walking around in central Bridgetown).

Uniquely made from coral - limestone (and the buildings) the clock tower soars above the town flying the country’s flag and the four clock faces are readily seen from the surrounding streets. The greenish cast iron railing surrounds the courtyard and many of the windows are louvered in the tropical style.The austere stonework is relieved on some sides with Gothic arches and by many tropical plants and trees, which really stand out against the stonework.

We did not get to see the Museum of Parliament (missed the opening times) but it’s open most days of the week, Mon, Wed-Sat 9am-4pm, BD $10 - you need to dress appropriately, no food, drinks and cell phone etiquette is required while visiting.

Enjoy your experience!

Visited January 2013
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