Budapest Parliament House (Orszaghaz)
Not many cities can boast a Parliament Building this photogenic. Sitting on the banks of the Danube, built in a grand Neo-Gothic style, this is Parliament done palatially.
The idea for the construction of the Budapest Parliament House - or Orszaghaz - came in 1873 when the three cities that made up Budapest were united. A competition was held and won by Imre Steindl. His design mixed Gothic, Medieval and Baroque elements with a lavish hand. The building was not finished until 1902, by which time Steindl was blind.
The grand building contains many items of interest, including frescoes; the Hungarian Coronation Regalia with its Renaissance sword; mythical eagles and an impressive staircase.
You can reach the Parliament Building on the M2 (red) Metro line, bus 15 or tram number 2. You can only visit the building on a guided tour, although you can sometimes attend concerts there and combine the concert with a tour.
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