- When steps towards a devolved Scottish Parliament began in 1997, a new building to house the Parliament had to be created. Controversial on many levels, the completed project was first estimated at a cost of GBP40 million at the beginning of construction in 1999 and ended up costing over GPB414 million when it finally opened in 2004.
The Scottish Parliament building is easy to spot as it is unlike anything else in Edinburgh. Georgian architecture adorns most of the New Town skyline. But the Catalan architect Enric Miralles designed the parliament building in a thoroughly modernist fashion with perhaps an African motif (according to this writer's perception). Some have decried it as a monstrosity while some say it's a much needed dose of modernity for the city. Either way, it is nearly impossible to describe. It deserves to be seen in person!
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- The Scottish Parliament
- Holyrood Rd
- Edinburgh EH99 1SP
- Tues-Thurs 9am-7pm (all year business days); Mon and Fri (and weekdays when Parliament not in session) 10am-6pm (10am-4pm Nov-Mar); 10am-4pm weekends and public holidays. Last admission 45 min. before closing
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