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Hungarian House of Parliament

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Hidden : 04/08/2008
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The Hungarian Parliament Building (Hungarian: Országház) 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 Kossuth Lajos Square, on the bank of the Danube, in Budapest. It is currently the largest building in Hungary, and the second largest Parliament in Europe. The Hungarian House of Parliament was designed by Imre Steindl who unfortunately died before the building was finished.

The build of the Parliament began on 12 October 1885. With an average of 1000 workers labouring at one time, the construction took 17 years to complete. It was the greatest investment of that time. And the builders strove to use - whenever it was possible - Hungarian techniques and Hungarian master craftsmen, entire industries flourished. The total cost ballooned from 18.5 million to 38 million gold crowns. (Around 176,000 cubic meters of soil had been moved and 40 million bricks had been used. In addition, more than half a million ornamental stones were carved for the wall decorations.)

Aesthetically the main facade faces the Danube, but the official main entrances open to Kossuth square. The building with its symmetrical structure conforms to the functions of a bicameral parliament. Since the end of World War II the building has also been the host of the executive branch. The northern wing houses the offices of the Prime Minister, while the southern wing contains those of the President of the Republic. And in the corner rooms of the northern wing the Speaker of parliament has his offices.

Ticket prices are 3200 HUF (~10 EUR) for adults, 1600 HUF for students. You can find up-to-date information here.

If you like to read more about the building, see the Wikipedia article

Here are some photos about the plans of the Parliament in the XIX. Century.

You can go there by Underground 2 (Red line), and by tram Nr.2. Both of them has a station named Kossuth Lajos Ter.

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