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If you’ve ever wanted to bypass security and stroll Canada’s corridors of political power by yourself, now you can.

Google took their Street View cameras through the Parliament buildings earlier this year and this week released the first wave of 360-degree photos. For now, Street View users can virtually walk down many of the main corridors, the legislative chambers, the Library of Parliament and a few other rooms.

Some locations, including the Prime Minister’s office (and his Beatles mug), were photographed but haven’t yet been processed, according to Google.

Since you won’t have a guide in these eerily empty halls, here are some places of note in Parliament Hill’s Centre Block.

The House of Commons

The floor of the House of Commons is where Members of Parliament debate and vote on legislation. The Speaker (currently Andrew Scheer, MP for Regina-Qu'Appelle) oversees the proceedings and sits in the big chair in the centre. MPs for the governing party, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, sit on his right, with some spilling over to the other side. Opposition MPs sit to the Speaker’s left. If you’ve got a keen eye, you can spot the date the photo was taken by exploring the chamber.
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Senate

The Senate is also known as the Red Chamber because of the distinctive colour of its carpets. Its members are appointed by the prime minister of the day and all legislation must pass through the Senate to become law.
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Library

The Library of Parliament’s High Victorian Gothic Revival style and intricate wood panelling have survived many close calls by fire since opening in 1876.
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Senate Speaker’s office

Take a peek inside the office of the Speaker of the Senate, one of the few Parliamentary offices so far public on Street View.
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Prime ministerial portraits

All prime ministers, no matter the length of their tenure, have official portraits decorating Centre Block’s corridors. Here’s John Diefenbaker and Pierre Trudeau.
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A peek at the Google camera

Google employees took the photos by wheeling around a cart equipped with cameras. Here’s what the setup looks like, courtesy of a mirror in a meeting room.
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