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Parliament House
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This functioning parliament house has been in continuous operation since the 18th century. Recognize it by its bright pink exterior.

Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, is rich in colonial history, much of which is centered around three bright pink buildings in the center of the city’s Old Town. Thanks to their brilliant exterior, the Parliament House buildings in Nassau are some of the most recognizable structures in the nation. See the House of Assembly, the Senate and the Office of the Opposition Leader that surround Parliament Square. Join a walking tour of Nassau’s Old Town from the harbor precinct for historical background on the parliamentary processes. Plaques located around the square provide additional information on the area’s political history.

The House of Assembly, now located within the building on the western side of the square, has been active since 1729, and is today one of the oldest continuously governing bodies in the modern world. Parliament meets here regularly. Visit the area around Parliament House early in the day to see the politicians congregating outside. While it is not possible to enter the buildings, this is a great opportunity to see some of the excitement of the day’s activities. The building to the east of the square houses the offices of the opposition party.

The central building is home to the Senate and features a large statue of Queen Victoria outside its door. The intricately carved statue shows a young queen atop her throne. The Georgian architecture and pastel pink tones contrast surreally with the palm trees and clear blue skies, making a wonderful photograph. Stand opposite the square for a great view of all three buildings and the statue of Queen Victoria.

Parliament House and its square can be visited daily, but visitors are not permitted inside. Just a short walk from Nassau’s harbor precinct and in the center of the Old Town, the Parliament House is best reached on foot. Taxis also serve the area.

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