Parliament Buildings information
Lonely Planet review
The dazzling white neoclassical facade of the Parliament Buildings at Stormont is one of Belfast’s most iconic buildings; in the North, ‘Stormont’ carries the same connotation as ‘Westminster’ does in Britain and ‘Washington’ in the USA – the seat of power. For 40 years, from its completion in 1932 until the introduction of direct rule in 1972, it was the seat of the parliament of Northern Ireland. More recently, on 8 May 2007, it returned to the forefront of Irish politics when Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness – who had been the best of enemies for decades – laughed and smiled as they were sworn in as first minister and deputy first minister respectively.