Ottawa is the capital the Dominion of Canada and was founded in 1827. It is situated on the south bank of the most attractive features of the city. They were erected at a cost of nearly $5,000,000. They form three sides of a quadrangle. The south is occupied by the parliament building which is 472 feet long and 572 feet deep. Over the principal entrance stands the Victoria tower which rises to a height of 180 feet and it surrounded by a great iron crown. The first stone was laid by the Prince of Wales in 1860.