Old Parliament building open for public visits – PMD

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The Old Parliament Building where the Presidential Secretariat is currently located will be open for public view every weekend from March 14th, says the President’s Media Division (PMD).

The visiting hours will be from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and the public is also allowed to take photographs within the Old Parliament premises, the PMD said issuing a media release.

The Building was constructed 82 years ago and its construction was inspired by the Greek Ionian order which is considered to be one of the oldest architectures of the ancient Western classical time period. The outer appearance of the Old Parliament Building resembles the Athenian “Parthenon” in Acropolis dedicated for their patron goddess Athena.

The Building was initially established as the “Legislative Council” by the Governor Sir Herbert Stanley in 1930. Following amendments to the Constitution and ensuing amendments to the name of the Legislature, the Old Parliament Building was called a number of names throughout history. Between 1931 and 1947 it was called the “State Council”, while it was changed to the “House of Representatives” from 1947 to 1972.

During 1972-1978 period it was called the “National State Assembly” and finally, it was called the “Sri Lanka Parliament” from 1978 to 1982. As the parliament was moved to the current Parliament Complex in Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte, this historical building was designated as the Presidential Secretariat in 1983.

The public may reach the Director General (Admin) via fax (011-2441685) or telephone number (011-2354354) for reservations.