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The Hungarian Parliament Building (Hungarian: Országház, which translates to House of the Country) is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, one of Europe's oldest legislative buildings, a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination of Budapest. It lies in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the bank of the Danube, in Budapest. It is currently the largest building in Hungary

Budapest was united from three cities in 1873 and seven years later the diet resolved to establish a new, representative Parliament Building, expressing the sovereignty of the nation. An international competition was held, and Imre Steindl emerged as the victor; the plans of two other competitors were later also realized in the form of the Ethnographical Museum and the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture, both of which face the Parliament Building. Construction from the winning plan was started in 1885 and the building was inaugurated on the 1000th anniversary of the country in 1896, and completed in 1904. (The architect of the building went blind before its completion.) About one thousand people were involved in construction, during which 40 million bricks, half a million precious stones and 40 kilograms (88 lb) of gold were used. After World War II the diet became single-chambered and today the government uses only a small portion of the building. During the communist regime a red star perched on the top of the dome, but was removed in 1990. Mátyás Szűrös declared the Hungarian Republic from the balcony facing Lajos Kossuth Square on 23d October in 1989.

Similar to the Palace of Westminster, the Parliament Building is in the Gothic Revival style; it has a symmetrical facade and a central dome. Also from inside the parliament is symmetrical and thus has two absolutely identical parliament halls out of which one is used for the politics, the other one is used for guided tours. It is 268 m (879 ft) long and 123 m (404 ft) wide. Its interior includes 10 courtyards, 13 passenger and freight elevators, 27 gates, 29 staircases and 691 rooms (including more than 200 offices). With its height of 96 m (315 ft), it is one of the two tallest buildings in Budapest, along with Saint Stephen's Basilica. The number 96 refers to the nation's millennium, 1896, and the conquest of the later Kingdom of Hungary in 896. The main façade faces the River Danube, but the official main entrance is from the square in front of the building. Inside and outside, there are altogether 242 sculptures on the walls. On the façade, statues of Hungarian rulers, Transylvanian leaders and famous military people are displayed. Over the windows, there are pictures of coats of arms of kings and dukes. The main entrance is the stairs located on the eastern side, bordered by two lions. When entering the Parliament, visitors can walk up great ornamental stairs, see frescoes on the ceiling and pass by the bust of the creator, Imre Steindl, in a wall niche. Other statues include those of Árpád, Stephen I and John Hunyadi. One of the famous parts of the building is the hexadecagonal (sixteen-sided) central hall, with huge chambers adjoining it: the Lower House (today the National Assembly meets here) and the Upper House (until 1945). The Holy Crown of Hungary, which is also depicted in the coat of arms of Hungary, has been displayed in the central hall since 2000. Further features include the stained glass and glass mosaic paintings by Miksa Róth. Due to its extensive surface and its detailed handiwork, the building is almost always under renovation. During the Communist regime, the government added a large red star to the central steeple at the dome of the building, but after its downfall, the star was removed from the steeple.

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Meersch on January 16, 2013

Alireza Javaheri:

L 527 + F 146

Wonderful picture dear friend!!!

Thank you for your visit in my gallery and comments to my photos of Warszawa and Oslo.

Greetings from Spain.

Universo Inverso on January 18, 2013

Wonderful photo! I Like it very much!

©junebug on January 28, 2013

Wonderful picture, Alireza! The colour of the sky and the reflections are amazing! LIKE! Greetings, Anne

Adler Dawx on January 28, 2013

Like+Fav.!

lurdesa_ on March 18, 2013

Yelow Star .148. !!!!!!!!!!

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Mário Eloi Castro on May 10, 2013

Hi AJ, :)

One more yellow star to this fantastic photo!

YS150

Hugs from Portugal, Mário Eloi Castro

Kostadinos delta on May 11, 2013

Great shot! like Grettings from Greece

Philippe Buffard on May 28, 2013

So beautiful reflection of this buidling, I like the golden colors.

LIKE + YS

Best regards

NilouAghdam on June 12, 2013

*L & F*
& best wishes :)

korsyka on July 2, 2013

Piękne!Like!Serdecznie pozdrawiam.

ALENDE DEVASIA on July 11, 2013

Wonderful shot. Beautiful silhouette. YSL. Greetings. Alende

diluted88 on July 17, 2013

Very beautiful photo, wonderful!!! LIKE !!! Sashko from Belarus

Bob45 on August 11, 2013

Good picture!

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Vassilis Arvanitopou… on August 27, 2013

Nice collection, please keep on, Vassilis

rodema on November 12

Excellent picture, very nice shot!! +YS!! My best regards, Rodema.

Milan Benko on December 21

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TonyWalker Studio4t1 on December 23

Hi. Alireza Javaheri. I LIKE this photo. Greetings, Tone

maxou sériolekiller on December 26

Magic picture and very nice reflections !

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Best wishes ->maxou

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photo4business.pl on April 5

HDR picture would be perfect here. nice anyway. photo4business.pl

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    by Alireza Javaheri
    • Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D7000
    • Taken on 2011/09/29 09:33:38
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    • F/Stop: f/10.000
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