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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 (178)

herba on November 22, 2013

Great, Best of Panoramio!

YSL and many greetings from Germany sends you herba

OPAPAYA on November 22, 2013

LIKE 161

mpilar peiró on November 22, 2013

Alireza, una dulce imagen de este bello lugar. suaves tonos, bonito encuadre...precioso. un abrazo MPilar

Lorenzo Parisi on November 23, 2013

Bella foto. Complimenti. LIKE 162. Saluti. Lorenzo

Takeshi Ueshima on November 25, 2013

Very beautiful!!!

Thank you for your visit to my gallery and your nice comments.
Greetings from Kanagawa, Japan.

Schwiemonster on November 26, 2013

wonderful view, light and photo! FAV + like Kind regards, Ellen

Gelso Maria Rita on November 26, 2013

bella, delicata e romantica

DOLCEPAOLA on November 28, 2013


Rafl on December 2, 2013

ILIKE fantaastic parlament! rafl

**masterpoley** on December 6, 2013

Отличный кадр !!

Pajabá on December 7, 2013

Fenséges épület remek felvétel kedvencnek jelöltem.Üdvözlettel Magyarországról!

H. Tschi on December 8, 2013

very Beauty!

edyta mitas on December 11, 2013

very nice light and view. LIKE

persaud on December 14, 2013

Nice shot. Like.

Hans-Georg Knöß on December 17, 2013

Klasse Aufnahme mit einer schönen Atmosphäre! Like 173
Viele Grüße von Georg.

Alois Fiala on December 22, 2013

very nice photo., F anf L, greetings, alois

Raul.SG on December 26, 2013

Fascinante luz y composicion. Me gusta+Fav. Feliz navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo. Raul

Eugenio Aviles on October 24

Beautigul picture!! L+F Greetings from Chile

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    by Alireza Javaheri
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