The Mysteries Hidden in the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg

Manitoba Legislative Building, exteriorThe Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg is a beautiful building. But is it a building that, by touring it, can make you smarter?

Thinking it couldn’t hurt, we signed up for a tour.

And, as we learned, a tour of this particular government building is one of the most popular things to do in Canada these days.

They call it the Canadian Da Vinci Code.

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The Canadian Da Vinci Code in Winnipeg

Dr. Frank Albo on the steps of the Manitoba Legislative Building

If you’ve read the best selling book by Dan Brown or seen the movie starring Tom Hanks as the fictional Dr. Robert Langdon, you know that The Da Vinci Code is all about pagan symbolism.

But the real life Frank Albo wasn’t thinking about stardom or best selling novels when he began exploring the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg. He was simply working on a research paper for a Ph.D. in anthropology.

Everything else just sort of happened.

It is certainly a gorgeous Neo-classical structure built of marble and limestone, and adorned with gold leaf sculptures and unexpected architectural features.

Decorative features, exterior, Manitoba Legislative BuildingFrom the two sphinxes facing Egypt on the roof of the building to the horned beasts guarding the great stairway to images of Medusa warding off evil spirits, the building is rather fascinating.

But then you take the tour with Dr. Albo, follow his energetic footsteps and look up, around and sideways in ways that you would never do on your own… and you begin to think the guy is either totally nuts or onto something.

Lobby of Manitoba Legislative BuildingFor example, the main lobby is a perfectly square room that measures 66.6 feet, the number which, as told in the book of Revelations, represents the AntiChrist.

The lights on the the second floor balustrades contain 13 light bulbs — 1 located in the center of a circle of 12. That number supposedly represents Jesus Christ surrounded by his twelve disciples.

Touring the Manitoba Legislative Building

Hermes on the top of the Manitoba Legislative BuildingDr. Albo’s tours dig into the history of the Freemasons and the individuals who designed, built and funded the Manitoba Legislative Building. And you begin to wonder what their motives were other than to build a magnificent building that simply can’t be replicated today.

After he finished with his Ph.D., Dr. Albo worked with the Winnipeg Free Press on another book called “The Hermetic Code.” It gets its name from the statue of the Greek God of Hermes on the exterior dome of the legislative building. Hermes Trismegistus was a proponent of many mystical and astrological doctrines.

carved features of the Manitoba Legislative buildingDr. Albo calls the Manitoba Legislative Building a “building that will make you more intelligent, more balanced and more civilized.”

I’m not sure I’m more intelligent, balanced or civilized, but the tour was fun in the way reading The Da Vinci Code is fun. You’re not sure you believe it, but it does make you look at things differently.

And really, that’s what travel is all about.

Tip: While in Winnipeg, please visit the Canadian Human Rights Museum. It’s incredible!

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