Parliament - Orszaghaz, Budapest

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    Országház

    by mallyak Updated Dec 15, 2010

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    The Hungarian Parliament Building (Hungarian: Országház, literally country house) 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[1], and the largest Parliament in Europe.[2]

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    See the Hungarian Parliament Building

    by BillNJ Written Dec 11, 2010

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    In Lajos Kossuth Square on the bank of the Danube, the Hungarian Parliament building stands out as one of the architectural landmarks of Budapest. Construction began in 1885, and it was completed in 1904. The building was built in Gothic Revival style with a symmetrical facade and a central dome. It is currently the largest building in Hungary -- the largest Parliament in Europe -- and the third largest Parliament in the world.

    Guided tours of the Parliament are available. The current price for an adult is HUF 5000 (but the fee is waived if you show an EU passport).

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    Parliament

    by JessieLang Updated Nov 21, 2010

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    Budapest has the third largest parliament building in the world, and the first one with air conditioning, according to our guide. There are bullet holes in the building opposite the parliament because the protesters from the 1956 revolution were shot down in Parliament Square. Today the square has a simple black monument and a flag with a hole in the middle. (The flag at that time had a red star in the center.)

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    Parlament

    by Sergiods Written Nov 17, 2010
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    The Parliament in Hungary looks like a gigant castle. It's a big and majestic building. 17000 square meters, and the tower is 95 meters tall. The construction started in 1885 and it took 20 years to finish. Tours inside the building can be done on guided tours.

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    Tour of the Parliament building

    by german_eagle Written Apr 3, 2010

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    Probably the most photographed building in Budapest and one you cannot miss is the Parliament building. It is *the* landmark of Budapest and Hungary, the largest building (691 rooms) of the country. The neo-Gothic style of the construction was designed after the model of the parliament in London - you'll notice right away. It was opened in 1902 but finally completed only in 1936.

    The most notable difference to the London parliament is the huge dome in the centre (height 96 m). Right below the dome is a grand hall where the crown and szepter of the Hungarian Kings are on display, surrounded by sculptures of former Hungarian Kings along the walls (pic #4).

    Originally both assembly halls were used for the parliament (like House of Commons and House of Lords) but nowadays there's only one National Assembly. The other hall in the northern wing is used commercially for congresses etc.

    You can join a guided tour of the building. No reservation in advance is necessary. Please see their website for detailed information. Note that the tour is free for EU citizens. For non-EU citizens the fee is quite steep IMO: 10 Euro, students get a 50% discount (which is still expensive). The quality of the tour was not particularly exciting. And it was quite short.

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    Parliament

    by illumina Written Jan 17, 2010

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    Completed in time to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of Hungary in 1896, the Parliament building is situated on the banks of the Danube. It was built in the Gothic Revival style, and is not only a stunningly beautiful structure, but is also the largest building in Hungary.

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    TOUR PARLIAMENT BUILDING

    by ViajesdelMundo Written Jul 28, 2009

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    This is not totally straight-forward: as you must book your time AHEAD of time, so if you are definitely wanting to do this, check it out early, as the groups are a controlled number of persons, and are not always available due to sessions and visits of Government Officials.

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    The Parliament in Hungary

    by georeiser Written Jun 23, 2009
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    The Parliament in Hungary looks like a gigant castle. It's a big and majestic building. 17000 square meters, and the tower is 95 meters tall. The construction started in 1885 and it took 20 years to finish. Tours inside the building can be done on guided tours.

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    Danube Jewel (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated May 6, 2009

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    Orszaghaz – the Hungarian Parliament is huge, richly decorated building on the left bank of Danube, designed by Imre Steindl and built between 1884 and 1902. Interior decoration of the Parliament is as rich as its exterior.

    The Parliament building is open all year round and can be visited on guided tours.

    Working hours: October 1st – April 30th: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm; Saturdays, 8 am – 4 pm; Sundays, 8 am – 2 pm / May 1st – September 30th: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 6 pm; Saturdays, 8 am – 4 pm; Sundays, 8 am – 2 pm

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    Under reconstruction since 80 years.

    by csordila Updated Apr 16, 2009

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    The construction works of the Neo - Gothic Country House (Országház) began in 1885. It would have been completed in 1896, in the year of Millenium, the feast of the thousand-year existence of Hungary, but it was not complete totally. Some of the inner works were continued to 1904 yet.
    However, despite this the peers and the representatives held their festive meeting in the new palace on June 8 1896.
    A man who saw the parliament in its original state without scaffoldings lives on Hungary hardly. It has been reconstructed continuous, already since 80 years.
    The poor quality of the original stones gave reasons for the renovation. The original rough limestone was too soft, and turns to dust strongly from this reason. From the beginning of the 80s years the stones were replaced by harder limestones, the durability of these insures the good condition of the building onto more hundred years. At the moment the Danube facade is under renovation.
    An observer, who is not experienced, can also see it, which parts of the building were already completed, since they are much more clearer in the color.

    Individual tourists in organized groups with English guide may enter at the ticket office of the gate #10 and gate #12 at 10:30am and 1:30pm, everyday.
    Guided tours are available also in Gerrman , French, Spanish, Hebrew and Russian language fom 8am to 4pm.
    Admission fee: Adults 2.820 HUF, Students 1.410 HUF, but for citizens of the European Union is free of charge.

    Important notice: The reconstruction of the facade was organized by me and my company from 1994 to 2002

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  • The Parliament

    by blint Updated Mar 14, 2009

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    Danube and The Parlament

    To see the Parliament is a must see activity. Even if you don't go into it, take a trip up to the Castle district to see the views of the Parliament and the Danube.

    I have never been inside the Parliament building itself; I preferred to see it from the heights of the Castle district where you can appreciate it's architecture in full from afar.

    To get a close up you can a take the number two tram on the Pest side right to it (this must be the number one tourist tram route as you see some of the best views along the way).

    You can also get the red line metro right to it as well.

    It is worth seeing it at night all lit up. In the same square you will also find a museum and some other pretty buildings.

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    Parliament House

    by gigina Written Feb 22, 2009

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    The 19th century Parliament Building is situated at Pest's riverbank. The magnificent structure is a symbol of Hungary's independence.

    Dual Monarchy
    After the Austro-Hungarian Compromise in 1867, in which a dual monarchy was created, Hungary received more independence and the country wrote its own constitution. It also initiated the development of a parliament building. A competition for this project, officially started by the emperor Franz Joseph and prime minister Kálmán Tisza. The design of Imre Steindl, in a neo-gothic style inspired by the Houses of Parliament in London was chosen.

    Construction and design
    The Parliament or Országház was built between 1885 and 1902, at the time the largest parliamentary building in the world. The building has a length of 268 meters and is 118 meters wide. The parliament house contains more than 20 km staircase, and 691 rooms. The elegant dome has a height of 69 meters.

    The main style of the building is neo-gothic with renaissance influences, but the base ground plan is Baroque. A strong Byzantine influence is noticeable in the interior of the building, especially in the marvellously decorated staircase hall.

    The monumental Parliament gives a good counterweight to the Buda Castle on the opposite bank of the river Danube.

    As of this writing, visits by guided tour only. In English at 10:00, 12:00, and 14:00. Admission fee around 2000+ HUF for foreigners (Lm3.50), Go to Gate X on the back and right of the building for the tours, which last about 45 minutes.

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    Mammoth Legislature

    by mikey_e Written Jan 16, 2009

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    Parliament (Országház – National House) has mythical proportions in Hungarian history – which makes it a bit difficult for someone from a country like Canada to understand (the institution, maybe, but not the building). It seems a bit odd, too, that it would be the second-largest Parliament building in Europe, despite the fact that Hungary’s population is certainly not the second largest in Europe. It was started in 1885 and only completed in 1904 and its construction required the use of 40 kilo of gold and half a million precious stones. That fact alone puts the Gothic revivalist architecture to shame! The façade is decorated with various portraits of important Hungarian and Transylvanian statesmen, leaders and notables. The sheer size of the building is absolutely awe-inspiring, and, unfortunately, it makes it extremely difficult to get good shots of the building for posterity. All you can hope for is that your piecemeal collection of snapshots of the steeples and arches comes out well enough that you can piece them together into something larger. It is possible to go for a tour of the building, but its popularity with tour groups means that you should either look to arrange tickets in advance or that you should get there early, in the hopes of being at the front of the line.

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    Parliament Building - Magnificent

    by Robmj Updated Jan 4, 2009

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    This would have to be the most splendid Parliament building I have come across.

    Its a massive complex, set on the Pest bank of the Danube between the Chain and Margaret bridges. You can get great view of this from the Gellert Hill but moreso from the Fishermans Bastion on Castle hill.

    Construction began in 1884 and lasted around 20 years. Its neo-gothic style is reminiscent of the British Parliament building in London. Inside are various permenant display's of national and world cultures. The grand staircase, celing frescoes, dome hall, hunters hall, painted windows and hungarian coronation regalia make this a fascinating and wonderful stop.

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    Hungarian Parliament Building (Országház)

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 31, 2008

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    The Hungarian Parliament Building (Országház) is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary. It is one of Europe's oldest legislative buildings. Parliament is located in Kossuth Lajos Square right on the bank of the Danube River. It is currently the largest building in Hungary and the second largest Parliament in Europe.

    Construction 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.)

    There were about one thousand people working on its construction in which 40 million bricks, half a million precious stones and 40 kg gold were used.

    There are some beautiful views of Parliament from The Castle District.

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