The Vestibule

The Vestibule is the entrance hall of the Parliament of Victoria. It was completed in 1879, towards the end of the Victorian gold rush. It was designed to have a 78 metre high domed ceiling. The gold rush ended before it was finished and there was no money to complete the dome. Instead, a temporary tin ceiling was installed, which is still used today.

The floor of the Vestibule is laid with tiles from England. The centre of the design contains the Royal coat of arms and a quote from the Bible that says “Where no Counsel is the People Fall; but in the Multitude of Counsellors there is Safety.” This refers to the work of Parliament to represent the people and keep them safe.