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The historic parliament building in downtown Budapest is well worth a visit, if only because its a very impressive building. Tours are provided in English, French, and Spanish throughout the day.
The parliament is accessible by tram, so don't take a taxi.
In my opinion, this is the most beautiful building in town. Budapest’s parliament, erected in 1902, is the largest of its kind in the world. Also, it is the largest building in Hungary. This splendid design has one little fault: The money needed for it was saved by using poor material. So, the parliament buidling is in progress of constant renovation. A parliament tour, which I didn’t have the chance to assist but is highly recommended, is available in several languages. On this tour, you will see the original crown of St. Stephen which is regarded as Hungary’s highest state treasure. A parliament tour is available in several languages, including Hungarian, English, German, Spanish, Hebrew and some other. EU-citizens have free access, but still have to sign up to get a tickets. Visitors with other nationalities pay a fee of around 2500 ft.
Parliament is one of the most solemn and beautiful buildings in Budapest. It adds to the main beauty of Budapest.
Please book a guided tour inside the building. You must wait a little bit to get in and must go through security check but definitely you must go inside. Its a gorgeous and so artistci interior design and one is really stunned to be inside.
The second picture is Hungarian Crown which was handed over from one king to another for 950 years. Once it was take out of the country and kep in the USA and but it was finally returned to Hungary in 1978.
It has many, many spires and was built between 1884 and 1902. The intent was to have the building complete for the millenium celebration of the country. It continued to expand as ideas of grandiose prevailed. A lot more than parliament are now in the building(s), and the goernment only houses a small portion of the building. It was in its time the largest in the world, and still is the third largest yet. It is 268 meters long and 123 meteres wide, and five stories tall. The dome is 96 meters and inside is the grand staircase. There are 27 entrances, and is over 60,000 square feet in size. Outside in the neo-Gothic style are 90 statues ringing the rim, and another 62 inside. It was built on the Pest side to counter-balance the Royal castle and accompanying buildings opposite side of the river.
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Inspired by Westminster Abby the best view of the parliament Buildings is from the Danube. Built at the end of the nineteenth century for the millenium ,these magnificant buildings are a few minutes' walk from the Chain Bridge (along the Danube embankment), from the Inner City (through the streets leading northwards), or from Margaret Bridge.
When the Parliament is not in session, visits are permitted(cameras are allowed); tours are offered in English, French, German, Russian, Hebrew, Japanese, Italian and Spanish.
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The hungarian parliament (Orszaghaz in Hungarian) is one of the most famous attractions of Budapest , day or night.
This is a HUGE building , in fact it is the largest building in Hungary and in Europe t is the second largest Parliament house.
The house is gothic style , very impressive house and if you want you can enter for a guided tour.
To my opinion the tour can be skipped because you can walk alone and see what you want but the outside of the building if amazing.
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The Main facade of the Parliament
Altough the Parliament is very spectacular even from a big distance, to undertand how a terrific masterpiece this palace is, it`s adviceable to take a look from a closer range. From this distance you can see the little statues that ornate the facades, all the arches, the details of the lacy towers.
Note: to see this part of the Parliament, you must cross a mostly quite busy street wich goes along the Danube. There is a crosswalk near the Parliament, but there are no traffic lights. So be very careful! You can also cross the street at the chain Bridge. It`s less dangerous. You can walk till the Parliament. It`s very pleasant and you can see all the time the great view of the Buda Castle.
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Politics with good taste
The white neo-Gothic turrets and arches of the Hungarian Houses of Parliament (Országház) were designed by Imre Steindl and were to be built for the millennium celebrations of 1896. However, the building was finished in 1902. The Parliament is a huge and beautiful building. The building has 691 rooms, a few huge halls, and over twelve and a half miles of corridors. The central dome is 96 meters high, and you will see it on the tour (and the crown jewels, and the statues of former rulers of Hungary in a circle about the dome hall), along with the former "upper house" and various waiting rooms, magnificent stairways, and smaller working hallways. The whole tour lasts 20 - 30 minutes and should be part of your tour of the general area of Pest in which Parliament is situated. The admission is free to EU citizens but they are very security conscious now, so people are only allowed in relatively small groups (25 or so), and no strollers or other bulky items are allowed.
Architect of the Parliament was Imre Steindl. He was the winner of the competition. It is sad that he couldn’t see the Parliament finished. Two of the other competitors’ projects are around the Parliament. One of them is Ministry of Agriculture, the other is Ethnographical Museum.
The Parliament Building is huge so it is always under renovation. (A similar story has been told by my Steel Design professor about Eiffel Tower.)
Some values are shocking –but easy to forget- about Parliament. Like 40 million bricks, 40 kg gold, 242 sculptures…
Some more info: We’ve been told that the Parliament’s climate control system consists of some tubes in the walls connected to big wells. These wells are full with hot water in winter and ice in summer. This system keeps the inner temperature at 20ºC. Also our Turkish guide told us that the same system had been used in Ishak Pasa Palace (Agri/Turkey) years ago.
Inner temperature of Parliament is 20ºC. In this the temperature, human brain functions most effectively –not sure about that-.
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I’m the 307217th visitor of the parliament. This huge building has some strict rules for visiting because of its importance. So I’d like to give some information about them. You need to buy your tickets before. It is the same place but the guard allows only 2 people at one time to buy tickets, because the office is very small. They ask for your nationality for language and give you a ticket for the tour of preferred language. There is a time on the tickets. It shows when the tour will begin. Then you left the place again and wait for the time. Its gate is near the monument of flame of revolution.
The weather was so cold while we were there so we tried to find a place to sit and drink something hot. We picked the wrong direction and couldn’t find any place. There were a few and they were all full.
There is a checkpoint at the entrance. They give you a bracelet here. I think it is for controlling the people come and go.
The building is huge and has many decorations. The colors are generally dark inside, but golden ornaments give brightness to these dark colors. It is forbidden to use flashlight in the hall with crown relics. You can use it in other halls. Relics are located under a huge dome. After this hall, we went to another hall with huge porcelain vases. The walls are painted with some scenes from Hungarian history. Also there are sculptures of different professions.
The last place of this visit is the old conference hall. This hall is the brightest. The desks have an installed voting system. Outside of this hall there are numbered ashtrays in front of the windows. The guide told that senators left their cigars here and remembered the number of the place when they were going to listen to a speech. The length of the ash determined the quality of speaker.
After this last hall we left the building from the same entrance.
Don’t forget to give back the electronic bracelets while you are leaving.
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House of Parliament
Work on Budapest's House of Parliament began in 1885 after much debate and consideration. It was expected that Budapest's Parliament buildings would be the finest in Europe if not the world and so a competion was held to find the best design. Eventually a design by Imre Steindl was chosen to be the Parliament Building but two other entries were admired so much that the designs were commisioned as other buildings around the main Parliament Building.
The Building was to represent the unification of the three seperate cities that came together to form the new city of Budapest in 1873.
The Building was completed in 1904 and is indeed one of Europe's most impressive Parliament Buildings.
The neo-Gothic building approx. 270 m long and the dome reaches 96 m high. The walls of the building are decorated with statues of Hungarian Royalty.
Constructed between 1885 and 1904, the Hungarian Parliament Building is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary and one of the Europe's oldest legislative buildings. Built in Gothic Revival style, it is the third largest parliament building in the world, stands 96 meters high, 268 meters long, and 123 meters wide, and is one of world's true architectural masterpieces.
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This monoment is majestic, you have to see it, near and in the other side of the river. The wheater wasn't that good in the day I took this picture, but it's enouthg to see the impact it has in the river line.
This building is one of the largest parliaments in the world. Designed by Imre Steindt and completed in 1904. The cupola is about 100m high and the interior contains 10 courtyards. It has almost 100 sculptures of past leaders facing the Danube. The building can be seen only by guided tour. It also contains the Crown Jewels of Hungary. The parliament is only about a 15-20 minute walk from the Chain bridge.
After almost 1,000 years as a nation, Hungary never had a central building fo rits government until Parliament was completed in 1902 after 17 years of construction. The site on the Pest side of the Danube was chosen as it is opposite the royal palace to represent the shifting of power from royalty to the people. This enormous 18,000 square meter building, partly designed after London's Parliament building, has 691 rooms, 21 kilometers of corridors, and 27 gates. The 40 kilograms of gold throughout the building are worth somewhere around $1 million USD today. The facility is home to the legislative and executive branches of government, with the chambers of both houses of parliament as well as the offices of the prime minister and the president.
Guided tours are available in at least seven languages including English, German, and Russian, for about 2,300 HUF.
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