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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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Croli on August 2, 2012

Wunderful picture! L + SY!

Regards from Germany, Croli.

aki8268 on August 14, 2012

L 509+ F139
Amazing picture.
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Beatriz Abella Villa… on September 4, 2012

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chrmt on September 5, 2012

great picture, 1 like

cojjack on September 7, 2012

Belle photo de nuit **Aime 513 + fav 138. Félicitations

anico61 on September 18, 2012

Beautifule siluett! Like!

Greetings from Hungary Anico

Michele Miccoli on September 18, 2012

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Tom Salomonsen on September 29, 2012

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Sanaullah Khan on October 7, 2012

Very Beautiful Picture, Excellent Composition!!! F 142 + L 521

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JaPi on October 18, 2012

This is a very good photo of the Hungarian parliament!
Greetings JaPi from Budapest, Hungary.

NFerenc4 on October 22, 2012

Well, it's beautiful! L Greetings, NFerenc

ch' caf'_ No Views on November 8, 2012

Attractive colors and silhouettes! I like it! Cheers, Christian

Meersch on January 16, 2013

Alireza Javaheri:

L 527 + F 146

Wonderful picture dear friend!!!

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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

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