Can You Identify These Capitol Buildings From Around the World?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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Capitol buildings serve as home to what are known as "legislatures"; assemblies that hold significant political and judicial authority in a country.  In some countries like the United States they are known as a congress, while in other countries like the United Kingdom they are known as a parliament. This quiz deals with a mixture of both, from a wide array of countries of all sizes and political types, from all around the world. 

Regardless of what they are called, these governing bodies usually perform similar duties; however, they may not hold the same general level of authority in the country that they call home, compared to the congresses and parliaments of other countries. However, one thing that remains constant is the fact that these legislatures will usually have a capitol building to call their home. In the case of some countries (especially European ones) their capitol building is a renovated palace or castle; while other countries have neoclassical or renaissance styled buildings that were specifically made to house their legislature (for example the United States Capitol).

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Located in Buenos Aries, the National Congress Palace serves as the primary capitol building in Argentina. The National Congress Palace was constructed in 1906 and is actually considered to be a National Historic Landmark in Argentina.

Located in Bridgetown, the Parliament House serves as the primary capitol building in Barbados. The Parliament House was constructed in 1874 and is designated as a UNESCO protected property within “Historic Bridgetown”.

Located in La Paz, the Palace of Congress serves as the primary capitol building in Bolivia. The Palace of Congress was constructed in the 19th century and before it was used for municipal purposes it served as a university and also a convent.

Located in Brasília, the National Congress Building serves as the primary capitol building in Brazil. The National Congress Building was constructed in 1985 – after being designed by Oscar Niemeyer – and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Located in Ottawa, Parliament Hill serves as the primary capitol building in Canada. The Parliament Hill buildings were constructed in 1859 and have been used by the government even when the country was under British rule.

Located in Bolivar Square in Bogota, the Capitolio Nacional serves as the primary capitol building in Colombia. The Capitolio Nacional was constructed in 1926 and serves as home to both houses of the Congress of Colombia.

Located in San Jose, the Cuesta de Moras serves as the primary capitol building in Costa Rica. Construction of the Cuesta de Moras began in 1937 but was halted due to the impact of World War II; it was then resumed and finished in 1957.

Located in Havana, the El Capitolio once served as the primary capitol building in Cuba until 1959. The El Capitolio was constructed in 1929 and is now currently being restored by the Cuban government to house the Cuban National Assembly.

Located in Santo Domingo, the National Palace serves as the primary capitol building in Dominican Republic. The National Palace was constructed in 1944 and also houses the offices of the Executive Branch (Presidency and Vice Presidency) of the Dominican Republic.

Located in Georgetown, the Parliament Building serves as the primary capitol building in Guyana. The Parliament Building was constructed in 1834 and exemplifies 19th century Renaissance architecture.

Located in Port of Spain, the Red House serves as the primary capitol building in Trinidad and Tobago. The Red House was constructed in 1907 and serves as a meeting place for parliament and elections, as well as other political purposes.

Located in Washington D.C., the United States Capitol serves as the primary capitol building in the United States. The United States Capitol was constructed in 1800 and is notable for being the start of the street numbering system in the District.

Located in Montevideo, the Legislative Palace of Uruguay serves as the primary capitol building in Uruguay. The Legislative Palace of Uruguay was constructed in 1925 and was inaugurated on August 25, 1925 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

Located in Canberra, the Australian Parliament House serves as the primary capitol building in Australia. The Australian Parliament House was constructed in 1988 and is a direct replacement for the Provisional Parliament House; or as it is now nicknamed, the "Old Parliament House".

Located in Accra, the Parliament House Of Ghana serves as the primary capitol building in Ghana. The Parliament House Of Ghana was constructed in 1965 and was actually designed by the first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah.

Located in Vienna, the Austrian Parliament Building serves as the primary capitol building in Austria. The Austrian Parliament Building was constructed in 1883 and is a notable tourist attraction in the country, particularly due to the famous Pallas Athena fountain in front of the main entrance.

Located in Brussels, the Palace of the Nation serves as the primary capitol building in Belgium. The Palace of the Nation was constructed in 1783 and has previously served as home to both the Austrian government and the Dutch government as well.

Located in Sofia, the Bulgarian National Assembly serves as the primary capitol building in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian National Assembly was constructed in 1886 and has been somewhat outgrown by the Bulgarian government, with some administrative offices of the National Assembly now being housed in the former headquarters of the Bulgarian Communist Party.

Located in Zagreb, the Parliament Palace serves as the primary capitol building in Croatia. The Parliament Palace was constructed in 1911 and before this date, parliament had meeting places in numerous other cities in Croatia; including Varaždin, Čiče, Ludbreg and Kerestinec.

Located in Prague, the Wallenstein Palace serves as the primary capitol building in Czech Republic. The Wallenstein Palace was constructed in 1630 and was restored in 1999 to house the Senate of the Czech Republic.

Located in Copenhagen, the Christiansborg Palace serves as the primary capitol building in Denmark. The Christiansborg Palace was reconstructed in 1928 (much larger than it previously was) after a devastating fire in 1884.

Located in Tallinn, the Toompea Castle serves as the primary capitol building in Estonia. The Toompea Castle was constructed in the 9th century and was historically used as an ancient stronghold due to its defensible location and imposing stature.

Located in Helsinki, the Helsinki Parliament House serves as the primary capitol building in Finland. The Helsinki Parliament House was constructed in 1926 and served as a political foundation during both the Winter War and the Continuation War.

Located in Paris, the Luxembourg Palace serves as the primary capitol building in France. The Luxembourg Palace was constructed in 1645 and originally served as the royal residence of Marie de' Medici, the mother of Louis XIII of France.

Located in Berlin, the Prussian House of Lords serves as the primary capitol building in Germany. The Prussian House of Lords was constructed in 1763 and it housed the parliament of Prussia from 1850 to 1918.

Located in Athens, the Old Royal Palace serves as the primary capitol building in Greece. The Old Royal Palace was constructed in 1843 and was designed by Bavarian architect Friedrich von Gärtner for King Otto of Greece and his wife, Queen Amalia.

Located in the City of Westminster, the Palace of Westminster serves as the primary capitol building in the United Kingdom. The Palace of Westminster was originally constructed in 1016 but was destroyed by fire in 1834; it was then rebuilt from 1840 to 1870.

Located in Kiev, the Verkhovna Rada Building serves as the primary capitol building in Ukraine. The Verkhovna Rada Building was constructed in 1939 but was destroyed during World War II. It was then rebuilt in 1947.

Located in Bern, the Federal Palace of Switzerland serves as the primary capitol building in Switzerland. The Federal Palace of Switzerland was constructed in 1902 and is home to the Swiss Federal Assembly and the Federal Council.

Located in Stockholm, the Riksdag Building serves as the primary capitol building in Sweden. The Riksdag Building was constructed in 1905 and is located on Helgeandsholmen, a small island that is also home to the Museum of Medieval Stockholm.

Located in Madrid, the Palace of the Parliament serves as the primary capitol building in Spain. The Palace of the Parliament was constructed in 1850 and is known colloquially as Palacio de las Cortes.

Located in Chiyoda, Tokyo, the National Diet Building serves as the primary capitol building in Japan. The National Diet Building was constructed in 1936 and has sessions for the House of Representatives taking place in the left wing and sessions for the House of Councilors in the right wing.

Located in New Delhi, the Sansad Bhawan serves as the primary capitol building in India. The Sansad Bhawan was constructed in 1927 and stands next to the Parliament Museum, which is dedicated to the story of Indian independence.

Located in Beijing, the Great Hall of the People serves as the primary capitol building in China. The Great Hall of the People was constructed in 1959 and is also used for other events; including national level meetings of various organizations, large anniversary celebrations and memorial services.

Located in Dublin, the Leinster House serves as the primary capitol building in Ireland. The Leinster House was constructed in 1748 and has been used by the parliament of Ireland since 1922.

Located in Rome, the Palazzo Madama serves as the primary capitol building in Italy. The Palazzo Madama was constructed in 1505, but it wasn’t until 1871 that it became the seat of the Senate of the Italian Republic.

Located in Vilnius, the Seimas Palace serves as the primary capitol building in Lithuania. The Seimas Palace was constructed in 1980 and is a direct replacement for the old Parliament Hall, which is now used for celebratory purposes instead.

Located in The Hauge, the Binnenhof serves as the primary capitol building in Netherlands. The Binnenhof was constructed in the 13th century and is home to the office of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, both houses of the States General of the Netherlands, and the Ministry of General Affairs.

Located in Lisbon, the São Bento Palace serves as the primary capitol building in Portugal. The São Bento Palace was constructed in 1598 and rebuilt in 1938 after a devastating fire in 1895.

Located in Windhoek, the Tintenpalast serves as the primary capitol building in Namibia. The Tintenpalast was constructed in 1913 and became the seat of the Namiian National Assembly in 1990 after the country’s independence.

Located in Bishkek, the White House serves as the primary capitol building in Kyrgyzstan. The White House was constructed in 1985 and was damaged during two riots, one in 2005 and the other in 2010; the latter causing extensive damage to the building and government records.

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