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This is the Quebec Parliament building in Quebec City. I took this photo just after sunset to get a long exposure to blur the fountains. I felt quite good about my choice since I had to contend with a competitor for my spot: but he was shooting medium format for a calendar contract.

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From Wikipedia: The Parliament Building (French: Hôtel du Parlement) is an eight-floor building and home to the Parliament of Quebec (composed of the Lieutenant-Governor and the National Assembly) in Quebec City. The building was designed by architect Eugène-Étienne Taché and was built from 1877 to 1886. With the frontal tower, the building stands at 52 metres or 171 feet in height.

It features the Second Empire style that was popular for prestigious public buildings both in Europe and the United States during the second half of the nineteenth century. Although somewhat more sober in appearance and lacking a towering central belfry, Quebec City's Parliament Building bears a definite likeness to the Philadelphia City Hall, another Second Empire landmark in North America which was built during the same period. Even though the building's symmetrical layout with a frontal clock tower rising amidships is typical of legislative institutions of British heritage, the architectural style is believed to be unique among parliament buildings found in other Canadian provincial capitals. Its facade features a pantheon representing significant events and people in the history of Quebec.

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