The largest of Canada’s ten provinces by area and the second biggest by population is Québec. The province was established by the British in 1763 after they defeated the French at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. Québec City is the capital. In 1877, the British hired architect Eugène-Étienne Taché to design the Parliament Building. He chose a style that was popular in France for grand and lavish edifices: Second Empire, also called Napoleon III. The ornate central tower stands 171 feet. This is home to the 125 members of the National Assembly of Québec, the legislative body for the province. L’Hôtel du Parlement also provides offices for the lieutenant governor, the representative for the monarch of the United Kingdom. Guided and self-guided tours are available. You can also watch parliamentary proceedings when in session.