Over 5,000 works of art, official portraits, historical paintings, ceremonial objects and pieces of furniture form the House of Commons Heritage Collection. Each object has been chosen for its aesthetic value and importance in the history and traditions of Parliament. They are symbolic of Canada’s momentous events and individuals.
The Parliament Buildings are one of Canada's most important and instantly recognizable icons. The focal point of Parliament Hill is the Peace Tower, which is the entrance to the building commonly known as Centre Block. The building is home to the Chambers of the House of Commons and the Senate, as well as the Library of Parliament.
“In all my thoughts of the Tower, Peace was dominant – I believe there is a quiet peaceful dignity about it. I somehow bring myself to read it that way – no matter what troubles and worries and differences of opinion take place in the building. I feel that one cannot approach the building up the centre road without experiencing its mute appeal for toleration – moderation – dignity and peace. ”John A. Pearson (1867-1940)
Although the exterior of Centre Block, in its distinctive Gothic Revival style, is well-known to Canadians and visitors alike, the building’s finely finished interiors and their exceptional furnishings may be less familiar. Its primary heritage and ceremonial spaces and their respective architectural elements of stained glass windows, murals, frescoes, and architectural sculpture make up the beauty and splendour of this iconic building.