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On the Edmonton Queen Of course, in order to feel the magnificent atmosphere of Edmonton, one needs to visit this place, walk on charming streets of the historical center, visit local cafes, and enjoy the look of the local landmarks - Edmonton City Hall, Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada Place Building, Government House, Francis Winspear Centre for Music and many others. In order to make your virtual tour to the city more interactive, we offer an unusual opportunity to fly over every notable landmark of Edmonton. Simply start the video, and use the full-screen mode. Each landmark comes with extra information, containing a collection of interesting facts and a photo gallery. Let’s go!

Edmonton City Hall, Edmonton

» The modern building built in 1992 is located in the city center.
»  The complex of buildings is two polyhedrons with triangular walls of different sizes. They are made of glass. These constructions are 43 m high. The glass facade gives inner rooms natural light.
»  Transparent rooms resemble sharp peaks of snowy mountains. The media call these skyscrapers “Pyramid Power”.
»  The complex also includes a nearby clock tower. On it, there is a musical instrument with 25 bells.
»  The Edmonton City Hall is an office building with a well-developed infrastructure. Many companies rent rooms here.
»  In the territory of the business center, there is a beautiful fountain bowl. In winter, the area around the fountain is used as a skating rink.
»  Architects of the Edmonton City Hall received a prestigious award for their design solution of the house construction and decoration.
»  Main materials were marble and granite.
»  Different entertainment events are regularly held in front of high buildings.
»  According to the 2016 data, the construction of the modern complex cost $73.8 million.

Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton

» In the gallery, there is the collection that contains over 5 000 exhibits. These are artistic canvasses of famous masters, sculptures, sketches, pictures, and etchings.
»  Experts estimate the property at $30 million.
»  In the exhibition hall, you can see paintings of artists of different epochs and schools. There are classical and avant-garde paintings.
»  The separate section is dedicated to contemporary art.
»  In 2005, the international competition among companies restoring old buildings was announced. Five years after, the gallery was opened.
»  The total area of the building is 8000 m2.
»  The construction is quite unusual. As the architect admitted, such a bold solution to the facade decoration was inspired by the nature of Edmonton.
»  The facade is adorned with a 200-meter steel ribbon. Then, the ribbon goes inside and separates wall panels. This is how three exhibition levels appeared.
»  This round element is similar to the mountain river that snakes through the area.
»  The first municipal cultural institution was founded on donations in 1924.

Canada Place Building, Edmonton

» Canada Place is a big city complex.
»  The skyscraper with offices of business companies is located near the river embankment, in the center of Edmonton. Canada Place replaced the old federal public building.
»  Specialists of the WZMH Group worked on the special project.
»  The construction is higher than the nearby building of the Shaw Center.
»  Most of the rooms are occupied by state companies and united large enterprises.
»  The extraordinary glass and steel building was constructed in 1988.
»  The construction began in 1985 and lasted three years.
»  The futuristic building was ordered by the Government of Canada.
»  Two houses are linked by a wide glass atrium. The constructions have the shape of stairs.
»  Canada Place is painted in an unusual pink color.
»  The total area of occupied rooms is 85 000 m2. These buildings have 13 and 15 floors respectively.
»  On the ground floor of the shopping center, there is a food court.
»  The multilevel construction is linked with the Shaw Center and the Citadel Theatre by the Edmonton Pedway.
»  There is an underground spacious parking area for workers’ convenience.

Government House, Edmonton

» In 1913, the house was specifically built for the royal family to stay here. It is designed in the Renaissance architectural style.
»  In the middle of the 20th century, the building belonged to the state army. It served as a boarding house for officers.
»  The construction has belonged to the city hall since 1964. Here, the city council met, important national assemblies and official receptions were held.
»  Nowadays, the building is empty because the administration moved to another place. The house was sold and all property including furniture and chandeliers went under the hammer. However, its name, the Government House, was retained.
»  The three-storey building is built of gray sandstone of the local quarry. The roof above the entrance is supported by two solid squat columns. They are situated on a low terrace. The wide balcony is decorated with carved rails of natural stone. Tea parties are held on a spacious terrace. The gable tiled roof is gray.
»  The residence is surrounded by a small garden. The nobles loved walking along shady alleys.
»  The house was visited by Queen Elizabeth and Pope Paul II.

Francis Winspear Centre for Music, Edmonton

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Facts: » One of the cultural attractions of the city is the Centre of Music.
»  Sir Francis G. Winspear invested about $9 million in its construction. The centre is named after him. Such a donation has been the most substantial in the history of Canada.
»  The building was constructed in 1997. The city symphony orchestra sits exactly here.
»  In 2002, the organ was placed here. It has 6 551 pipes.
»  Traditionally, the concert hall is a rectangular parterre. Lodges have rounded sides. Above them, there are balconies with terraces. The audience hall accommodates 1 930 spectators. It is separated from the stage by velvet curtains.
»  Music fans can listen to both classical and rock music performed on stage. The acoustics of the hall lets enjoy any music regardless of the location of the spectator’s seat.
»  Many people come here to listen to the children’s choir.
»  The Francis Winspear Centre for Music is the institution of global significance that deserves worldwide recognition.
»  The hall is illuminated by a huge chandelier. Each lodge has its lights.

Commerce Place Building, Edmonton

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Facts: » Commerce Place was built in 1990. There is a shopping center and the representative body of Italy. The building is situated in a convenient location, in the central district near the shoreline, which ensures a big inflow of customers to shops. The skyscraper looks strict and official, just like other business centers. It fits easily into the infrastructure of nearby houses. The glass facade is attached to steel constructions. Its central part has holes at the sides and above, due to which the tower stands out from other similar buildings. The business center consists of a two-storey building and a glass tower. The 27-storey skyscraper is 123 m high. At the first level, there are a lot of boutiques, shops for men and women. There are also a lot of food outlets. There is an underground parking area for passenger cars. In the tower, there are head offices of leading domestic and foreign companies. The corporate shopping center is linked with Manulife Place by the pedestrian crossing. The total area of the complex is 70 044 m2. Commerce Place is among the top 10 high constructions in the city.

St. John Cathedral, Edmonton

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Facts: » The municipal Church of St. John the Baptist is a cathedral. It is Christian because it is a standout.
»  The House of God is headed by the bishop and belongs to the Ukrainian administrative and territorial unit in Canada.
»  The religious school at St. John Cathedral was founded in 1965. The Diaspora of Ukrainian people settling in Edmonton used it for educational purposes. Seminars, business meetings, such secular events, as weddings and banquets, are held here. At lectures, interested persons can learn about the saint, after whom the sanctuary is named.
»  St. John was the predecessor of Messiah. He predicted the appearance of Jesus Christ. To keep faith, he traveled to the desert and lived as a hermit there. During services, he invited Jews to wash their hands, cleanse them from unrest, and be closer to God. He faced a painful death and was beheaded. He is considered as a historical figure.
»  Two chapels were added to the main brick building. They have a pear-shaped dome and are crowned by Orthodox crosses.
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