"SANSAD BHAVAN- THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE OF INDIA" New Delhi Things to Do Tip by kmohandas
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During the British rule, Montagu-Chelmsford reforms of 1919 proposed a large Legislative Assembly for India. This mammoth building then called as Circular House was constructed to house the Indian parliament. This building was designed and constructed by famous architect Sir Herbert Baker. The construction was completed in 1927.
This massive circular building comprises three semicircular chambers for the Legislatures and a Central Library crowned by a 27.4m high dome. This building has a diameter of173m and covers 2.02 hectares in area, with colonnaded verandahs enclosing the entire circumference. The three semi-circular areas were designed for the Chamber of Princes, the Council of State and the Legislative Assembly. Today they house the chambers of the Lok Sabha (Lower House), the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) and the library. A verandah with 144 columns surrounds the three chambers. The boundary wall has blocks of sandstone carved in geometrical patterns. The sessions of both houses of parliament are held here. Today, the bigest democracy of the world functions from this building.
Nowadays, the entry to the building is restricted for security reasons. However, a magnificent view of the building can be obtained from outside.
Address: SANSAD BHAVAVAN, NEW DELHI
Directions: The Sansad Bhawan is situated at the end of Parliament Street, just north of Rajpath, very near to Central Secretatariate metro station.
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