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Hungarian Parliament - Architectural jewel on the Danube

Parliament, Budapest, Hungary, Conference hall

Hungarian Parliament Building is where the National Assembly meets, is one of the finest legislative buildings in Europe and the world third largest building hosting a national parliament. National Assembly of Hungary has decided to build this imposing building in 1880, nearly a decade and a half after the compromise with leaders of the Habsburgs. Construction plan that was used for building was designed by Imre Steindl, a professor at the Technical University of Budapest, and construction began in 1885.

Parliament Building in Budapest was inaugurated in 1896, the year that marked the millennium anniversary of the conquest by the Hungarians of the Carpathian Basin, but the building was fully completed in 1904. Over a thousand people worked in construction, have been used over 40 million bricks and more than 40 kilograms of gold of 23 carats. Because of the stone used in construction, which degrades very quickly, the Parliament is almost always under renovation. During renovation works, which are very difficult due to very high level of details that adorn the building, use another type of stone, much more durable. The architectural style which was built in Gothic Renaissance is Parliament; another example of a building that used the same architectural style is Westminster Palace in London.

Parliament has a symmetrical structure, a large dome, which is unusual in a Gothic structure. Budapest Parliament length is 268 meters and 123 meters wide. It has a total of 691 rooms; over 200 of them are office. Height, 96 meters has a symbolic meaning, referring to the year 896, when the Hungarians settled in the area. The building has 90 statues on the outside, and 152 statues inside.

Groups can visit the Parliament in Budapest only with prior booking. Reservations can be made during both tourism department is open. Individual visitors do not need to make their reservation in advance. Tickets are available at Kossuth Square X gate. Ticketing office is open as follows:

October 1 to April 30: Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

May 1 to September 30: Monday to Friday from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

European Union citizens can visit the Parliament building, free if they prove their nationality. For non-EU citizens there is a differential fee for students and the rest of the visitors. During parliamentary sessions and official receptions, tours are not possible and eventually will be postponed to a later date if they have already been reserved. Guides are available in several languages: English, German, French, Russian, Yiddish, Italian and Spanish.