This is a photo of the Chamber of Canadian Senate, which is part of the Parliament of Canada.
At first sight this chamber inspires awe and respect. Visitors speak in hushed and subdued voice here.
There is a happy union of gravity, light and golden splendor in this magnificent chamber, which is proper to the aristocratic role of the Senate in government.
The Queen’s throne is the chamber’s center, and the main focus of attention. And rightfully so.
Contrast the photo of the Canadian Senate Chamber with the Senate of Brazil, which is located in the very modern capitol city of that country, Brasilia.
There is a strong egalitarian note in the Brazilian Senate room, which is in sharp contrast the aristocratic aura we see in the Canadian Senate Chamber.
Which chamber do you prefer?