The Hungarian Parliament Building 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.
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; the plans of two other competitors were later also realized in the form of the Ethnographical Museum and the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture, both of which face the Parliament Building.
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 23d October in 1989.
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Wanderlust66 (224) 2011-12-03 21:11
I really like the contrast levels in this photo. The bottom section of the photo with the red urban buildings really enhances the photo in a way that I would not have presumed. It grounds the photo and it gives it a real sense of place. The blurred detail works and creates a darker mood that suits the graded sky. It seems that the Parliament Building is canted slightly downward to the right and could use a little straightening but that may just be a trick of the river. Great job.
CLODO (24688) 2011-12-04 0:37
You picture looks like a painting, with soft hues and unsharpness. Your post processing on the sky adds some nostalgia.
Nicou (97543) 2011-12-04 7:32
Merci pour l'étoile c'est beaucoup trop.
fantastique pano et image quel fond doux qui fait parfaitemet ressortir ce bâtiment blanc quel contraste avec le premier plan cet ces toit ocors et vielles maison sueprbe.
Merci et brtavo et amitié
lilito (3448) 2011-12-13 4:53
Un beau rendu, le HDR est bien utilisé. Je pense quand męme qu'un manque de netetté dérrange un peu...