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Old Parliament Building, Colombo

Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Location : Colombo
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The building was opened on January 29, 1930 by Governor Sir Herbert Stanley, and a year later it was taken over by the State Council of Ceylon with its establishment. The State Council was here till 1947, when the House of Representatives was formed with the onset of self rule.
Following the formation of the republic line, in 1972, the National State Assembly met here till it was renamed as the Parliament of Sri Lanka in 1977. Parliament moved out to the new complex in Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte in 1983. Thereafter it became the home to the Presidential Secretariat.
The building and the former Council Chamber (formally known as the Parliament Chamber) is the venue for many State functions year round. The Letters of Credence of incoming ambassadors and high commissioners are accepted by the President here. The British Coat of Arms adorned the top of the building face till 1948, when it was replaced by the arms of the Dominion of Ceylon and was once again replaced in 1972 with the arms of the Republic of Sri Lanka.

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