Hungarian Parliament Building | Accidentally Wes Anderson

Hungarian Parliament Building

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Budapest, Hungary | C.1896

Photo Credit: Eleonora Lattanzi

The Hungarian Parliament Building (Hungarian: Orszaghaz, which translates to House of the Country) is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination in Budapest. It lies in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the bank of the Danube.

Budapest was united from three cities in 1873. Seven years later, the legislative assembly resolved to establish a new, representative Parliament building, expressing the sovereignty of the nation. Architect Imre Steindl won an international design competition to design the new building.

About 100,000 people were involved in construction, during which 40 million bricks, half a million precious stones and 40 kilograms (88 lb) of gold were used. The immense building has 691 rooms, 10 courtyards, 27 gates, 29 staircases, and a public library with 500,000 volumes.

Built in a blend of styles, the symmetrical facade is decorated by statues of the most important historical figures of Hungary. The structure is capped by a central Renaissance Revival dome. Inside, there are two fully identical parliament halls, one of which is still used for politics and the other for guided tours and ceremonies.

The Hungarian Parliament Building has stood through both World Wars, a number of uprisings and revolutions, and a shifting urban landscape. It is currently the largest building in Hungary and still the tallest building in Budapest.

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