Government Buildings

The thought of a government building might bring to mind drab, unimaginative hallways and unmarked doors. It does not need to be so! These places represent the opposite of that aesthetic.
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San Francisco, California, United States

San Francisco City Hall

What do Marilyn Monroe, Beaux-Arts architecture, and Raiders of the Lost Ark all have in common?

Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian Parliament Building

The Hungarian Parliament Building was built after the formation of the three cities of Buda, Obuda, and Pest - to create the capital Budapest.

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Hanoi, Vietnam

Presidential Palace

A symbol of when it was a French colony, the presidential palaces offers a glimpse into the storied history of Vietnam.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vijećnica

Playing host to the killing that sparked WWI was only the beginning of this heralded hall’s story — it’s one of triumph, tragedy, and a tantalizing return to glory.

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Putrajaya, Malaysia

Palace of Justice

A young republic decided to construct a completely new capital city--and this gorgeous building is the star.

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Iowa Judicial Branch Building

Although the Iowa Judicial Branch Building may not be the oldest marble halls in town, the branch’s history is stacked with stories that could fill up a library's worth of bookshelves.

Pécs, Hungary

Pécs County Hall

This building's colorful tile is the work of a local legend, who's technique led to a boom of colorful roofs in late 19th Century Hungary.

Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Iowa Capitol Building

A State Capitol building that provides many reasons why you "Ought to Give Iowa A Try."

Reefton, New Zealand

Reefton Courthouse

Quartz deposits often foretell the nearby presence of gold, as was the case here.

Potsdam, Germany

New Palace

A palatial retreat with over two hundred rooms that served as a hangout used to impress visiting dignitaries.

Berlin, Germany

Schloss Bellevue

The gardens for the primary residence of the president of Germany contained some special buried history.

Bucharest, Romania

Palace of the Parliament

Containing 1.5 billion pounds of steel and bronze, the Palace of Parliament is the heaviest building in the world.

Pécs, Hungary

City Hall

Since 1871, the melodies of the carillon in the bell tower of City Hall have rung out every hour on the hour, signaling the passing of time.

Bruges, Belgium

Provinciaal Hof

Built in 1892, the Provinciaal Hof was formerly used for provincial government meetings in Bruges.

Tatranská Javorina, Slovakia

Hunting Lodge Hohenlohe

In order to make sure Prince Hohenlohe's lodge would become a Slovakian flagship for Aristocratic game hunting across Europe, he employed dozens of locals to keep it up and assigned other establishments to be constructed in his name.

Melbourne, Australia

Government House

The Ballroom at Government House is larger than the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace.

Minsk, Belarus

Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Since its early origins, the organization has been witness to a fair share of major historical events including a rumored assassination attempt.

Tasmania, Australia

North Hobart Post Office

The Australia Post, in its 200 years of operation contains a large property portfolio, which includes 73 Heritage buildings that had to meet specific criteria to be on the Commonwealth Heritage List, and North Hobart Post Office qualified.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Althing

The Althing has convened every year since 930 A.D. making it the longest running parliament in the world.

Paris, France

Luxembourg Palace

Once the royal residence of Marie de' Medici, the Luxembourg Palace is now home to the Senate of the Fifth Republic.

El Oro de Hidalgo, Mexico

Municipal Palace

Built in a former gold mining settlement, the Municipal Palace of El Oro de Hidalgo is distinguished for the English and French influences in its design.

Marfa, Texas, United States

Presidio County Courthouse

Built in 1887, this elegantly designed Courthouse in West Texas shows off its European architectural influences.

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