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Parliament House

The home of the Australian Federal Government - Parliament House - is located in Canberra. It is also a meeting place for the people of Australia, as large parts of the imposing building are open to the public. Parliament House was officially opened on 9 May 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II. The building is dug into Capital Hill, and its roof is covered with grass, topped by a 81 m high flagpole towering over the building. The public entrance to Parliament House opens into a main foyer, and then leads on into the Great Hall, which features a tapestry based on a painting by the famous Australian artist Arthur Boyd; the original painting is also on display in the building. Functions that have parliamentary and federal relevance often take place here, but the Great Hall is also open to functions for the general public, such as weddings. The interior design is made up of various timbers from Australia and hosts numerous pieces of Australian art and craft. Covered corridors link The House of Representatives on the East with The Senate on the West. From the top of Capital Hill, visitors can enjoy fantastic views across Lake Burleigh Griffin and the city of Canberra.