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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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Comments (815)

Elzio dos Reis Marso… on December 31, 2014

Excelente fotografia. Cores tomada no momento certo. Parabéns.

Frank de Meer on January 21, 2015

Beautifull light, nice capture. Just seen it alive :-) Fav

Palaemon on January 24, 2015

Very nice building and very well captured!

Best wishes,


Aori Ika on February 6, 2015


jfbonnefond on April 3, 2015

Wonderful. YSL. Best wishes. JEAN

eliseo c. martínez on April 5, 2015

Magnífica fotografía del Parlamento húngaro. * Fav.312 + Like 782* Cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires.


Verónica Rosario Bra… on May 22, 2015

Excelente fotografia. Se ve precioso el Parlamento Húngaro :-)

J A Aguirre on May 28, 2015

bonita foto. que recuerdos de cuando estuve alli. like. un saludo desde euskadi

baba49 on November 21, 2015

Great photo. Love the light! like++ Best wishes, baba

Fluzão on November 21, 2015

Dear Alireza Javaheri,

Fantastic picture of this beautiful building, congrats!

Fav 314 & Like 789!

Greetings from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Béla Somlai on November 22, 2015

Hi Alireza!!

Maybe the most beautiful building of my hometown, Budapest.


Greetings Béla

iusfin on December 29

Wonderful photo Alireza! Like+
Greetings and many thanks for your transit in my photos,giuseppe

♥ of Giggle on January 5

Beautiful morning atmosphere on this marvellous building. A great shot. Like|Fav
Best regards, Eric

Montse Masó on January 21

quina bonica postal!

DavidHaynes on March 8

If everything else is cut, and the frame zoom out, it kinda reminds me of the shutter island movie. Amazing place!

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  • Uploaded on July 30, 2013
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    by Alireza Javaheri
    • Taken on 2011/09/29 09:24:44
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 45.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash