Because they are symbols of a country/state/city, government buildings are often very impressive structures. Frequently, they are Classical in design with columns and domes. They are often marble or polished stone and usually make a great appearance. Incidentally, I will omit City Halls from this particular post since I plan to do them as a separate post later in the year.
As a result of their grand demeanor, they attract many tourists, especially those interested in architecture. Here are some of the most striking of these government buildings.
Beginning in Washington, DC, the US Capital, we can find many examples of this grand architecture. The US Capitol Building impresses both with its architecture and its position, at the eastern end of the National Mall.
Nearby is the Supreme Court Building, equally impressive.
Even less important buildings in Washington can be significant. Look at the National Archives Building, essentially a storage location.
Around the country, there are other government buildings which should be displayed. For instance, the Rhode Island State Capitol Building is obviously patterned after the one in Washington.
Another similar structure is found in Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah.
Maryland’s State Capital is Annapolis.
On the other hand, Alaska’s State Capitol Building, in Juneau, is very unimpressive.
Elsewhere in the world, buildings like these are just as impressive, sometimes more so. Take the Parliament Building in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, which overlooks the harbor.
London’s Parliament is even more impressive.
The Hungarian Parliament, in Budapest, is certainly striking.
In Madrid, the Post Office is truly inspirational, sitting on the Plaza de Cibeles, framing the lovely fountain.