This is the Hungarian Parliament Building!
View from the Fisherman's Bastion.
What an amazing building!
What an amazing city!
The Hungarian Parliament Building (Hungarian: Országház, which translates to House of the Country or House of the Nation) 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. It is currently the largest building in Hungary and still the tallest building in Budapest.
Budapest was united from three cities in 1873 and seven years later the diet resolved to establish a new, representative Parliament Building, expressing the sovereignty of the nation. An international competition was held, and Imre Steindl emerged as the victor. Construction from the winning plan was 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.)
About one thousand people were involved in construction, during which 40 million bricks, half a million precious stones and 40 kilograms (88 lb) of gold were used. After World War II the diet became single-chambered and today the government uses only a small portion of the building. During the communist regime a red star perched on the top of the dome, but was removed in 1990. Mátyás Szűrös declared the Hungarian Republic from the balcony facing Lajos Kossuth Square on 23 October 1989.
The Parliament Building is in the Gothic Revival style. It has a symmetrical facade and a central dome. The dome is Renaissance Revival architecture. Also from inside the parliament is symmetrical and thus has two absolutely identical parliament halls out of which one is used for the politics, the other one is used for guided tours. It is 268 m (879 ft) long and 123 m (404 ft) wide. Its interior includes 10 courtyards, 13 passenger and freight elevators, 27 gates, 29 staircases and 691 rooms (including more than 200 offices). With its height of 96 m (315 ft), it is one of the two tallest buildings in Budapest, along with Saint Stephen's Basilica. The number 96 refers to the nation's millennium, 1896, and the conquest of the later Kingdom of Hungary in 896.
The main façade faces the River Danube, but the official main entrance is from the square in front of the building. Inside and outside, there are altogether 242 sculptures on the walls.
Further features include the stained glass and glass mosaic paintings by Miksa Róth.
Due to its extensive surface and its detailed handiwork, the building is almost always under renovation. (source: Wikipedia)
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limielski (2571) 2013-09-06 5:10
Yes I agree with you - Budapest is a wonderful city. I was there and I took similar photo from the same place (Gellert's Hill).
Wonderful photo and composition. TFS
Have a nice day!
berek (32051) 2013-09-06 5:12
very nice architecture from Hungary. affecting me pretty building. One of my favorite countries in the world.
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-09-06 22:09
Χρήστο, πολύ όμορφη φωτογραφία του Κοινοβουλίου σε μια πόλη πού είναι πολύ κομψή και πολύ καλλιεργημένη...ομορφα χρώματα και εξαιρετικά πανοραμική!!
πάντα ταξίδια να κάνεις και να βγάζεις όμορφες φωτογραφίες
jhm (127883) 2013-09-07 0:49
Budapest is a wonderful city with wonderful nice buildings.
These large picture shows us splendid details.
Excellent composition, pleasant colours.
Sharpness and clarity make these picture nice.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,