|Parliament Building in Budapest is labelled the seat of National Assembly of Hungary (Országgyulés)
in one of the most striking Capitol buildings in Europe. It is also the "number one" landmark in the
One of the most striking and famous
landmarks in Budapest is the
Budapest Parliament Building. The
immense Budapest Parliament
Building is found on the Pest bank of
the Danube River, stretching nearly
900 feet between Chain Bridge and
Margaret Bridge. It is the seat of the
Hungarian Parliament, which is
known as the National Assembly of
Hungary. This important Hungarian
attraction is the country's largest
building, and one of the largest
Parliament buildings in all of Europe.
The Parliament Building is richly decorated. The decorations
required a total of approximately 88 pounds of gold! Gold isn't the
only thing of value inside the building. Also inside the Parliament
Building in Budapest are the Hungarian Coronation Regalia,
including the Holy Crown, orb, scepter, and a Renaissance sword.
The building's 691 rooms and 10 courtyards feature ceiling
frescoes by Károly Lotz, grand staircases, stained glass, glass
mosaics, and hundreds of sculptures inside and out, including
representations of Árpád and Stephen I.
The design of the Budapest Parliament Building was chosen
through a competition. One unique feature of the building is the
large central hall, which has sixteen sides, and is adjoined by giant
chambers. Construction of winner Imre Steindl's design began in
1885, inaugurated in 1896, and was completed in 1904. Sadly, the
building's architect went blind before the construction was finished.
Interestingly, two of the losing designs also were created nearby
for other uses. If you visit the Ethnographical Museum and the
Ministry of Agriculture, you'll be visiting those designs.
Outside, in front of the Parliament building, your sightseeing isn't
over yet! Keep your eyes peeled for several monuments: The
Kossuth Memorial, a memorial for the 1956 Hungarian Revolution,
and a statue of Francis II Rákóczi.
Provided the Hungarian Parliament is not in session, you can
explore this giant building. Tours are given onsite in many
languages: English, French, German, Russian, Hebrew, Japanese,
Italian, and Spanish. Budapest tours are often a great way to
learn a lot of fun and interesting details about a site without
relying on a hefty guidebook.
A giant Gothic Revival structure, the Hungarian Parliament has a beautiful façade and a high dome that
soars about 315 feet. These sky-high domes of the Parliament Building in Budapest make it one of
Budapest's tallest buildings, and you will easily be able to pick it out in the skyline from points all over the
city, whether you are at Fishermans Bastion, Gellert Hill, or sliding down the Danube on a river cruise.
The Parliament Building in Budapest is often photographed from the Danube River side, and of course that's
the pretty side you'll see if you're passing on a river cruise, but the official entrance to the building is actually
on the other side. It is located on the western side of Lajos Kossuth Square, the symbolic center of the
Hungarian state. Lajos Kossuth Square has gone through a bit of an identity crisis as far as its name is
concerned. In earlier times known by names that meant, Parliament Square, Landfill Square, and Ship
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