Great War 100 Reads

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Room of Remembrance, Parliament Hill, Ottawa


For a few weeks this August, Great War 100 Reads is revisiting some sites, to explore additional or altered elements of remembrance.

The Memorial Chamber in Ottawa’s Peace Tower has been a star feature in several Monday posts, for its architectural details and as home of the Books of Remembrance. The 24-foot square chamber soars up 47 feet to a fan vaulted ceiling. The 17 niches in the walls around the room are decorated with elaborate stone carvings. Three stained glass windows depict the Call to Arms, the Assembly of Remembrance and the Dawn of Peace. Architect John Pearson envisioned the space as a sacred grove with a central altar surrounded by design elements that rise to protect it. Continue reading