Parliament House, opened in 1868, was designed by Charles Tiffin who was inspired by Parisian buildings like the Louvre. When Queensland Parliament began in 1860, Legislative and Council Members met in what was once the Prisoners' Barracks. Now the state of Queensland is governed in more propitious surroundings. Palms and jacarandas (in bloom in October) in the forecourt complement the stone walls, which are mellowing nicely with age. Walk inside to confront lush red and gold leaf decoration and the grand staircase. Along the walls left and right of the stairs are prints of how Brisbane areas used to look. Check website for schedule. There is also a gift shop that sells souvenirs and memorabilia.
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