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Old March 14th, 2007, 02:41 AM   #1
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The 27 Goverment buildings of the EU.

Inspired by the USA thread, here are some of our happazard collection of government buildings.

I've gone with Lower Houses of the legislature in the first instance, others where I couldn't find that.

The EU Parliament:



Germany



UK

[IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0e/Houses_of_Parliament_2_db.jpg[IMG]

France



Italy



Spain



Poland

[IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9b/20070131_sejm_od_tylu.jpg[IMG]

Netherlands



Belgium



Austria



Sweden



Greece



Portugal



Romania



Czech Rep.



Denmark



Hungary



Ireland



Finland



Slovakia



Bulgaria



Lithuania



Slovenia



Luxembourg



Latvia



Estonia



Cyprus



Malta

Failed on our smallest member, if some one has one, post it up.

For me, Westminster, Budapest and Bucharest are the most interesting.

Oh, if your wondering, the order is GDP PPP - I thought that might be more enlightening than alphabetical.

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Old March 14th, 2007, 02:57 AM   #2
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The best is easily the Hungarian parliament. Best looking parliament building ive ever seen. Very imposing in person.
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Old March 14th, 2007, 07:51 PM   #3
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great thread
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Old March 15th, 2007, 09:47 AM   #4
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I find that of hungary and austria the most impressive....

kind of funny, they were a dual-monarchy once....
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Old March 15th, 2007, 04:30 PM   #5
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The Romanian one must be massive.

The Finnish one is, well... bad.
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Old March 15th, 2007, 09:52 PM   #6
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The other European parliament

image hosted on flickr


The Strasbourg one is definitely much better looking, IMO.

I think this is the parliament in Malta:

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I'm sure there are much better photos of it somewhere..
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Old March 16th, 2007, 01:47 AM   #7
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The Finnish one is, well... bad.
Sorry mate but you donīt know what youīre talking about. Itīs a very large and impressive building. Itīs quite special too.
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Old March 16th, 2007, 01:59 AM   #8
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The Netherlands, Slovakia, Lithuania and Slovenia ones all look like libraries or something. The Hungarian one is extremely impressive though even if it looks like a giant gothic cathedral.
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Old March 17th, 2007, 12:35 AM   #9
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Some better pictures of the Binnenhof, where the Staten Generaal (Parliament) of the Netherlands have been meeting since 1446.


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Old March 17th, 2007, 01:02 AM   #10
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The Romanian one must be massive.
According to Wikipedia, the Palace of the Parliament is one of the world's largest buildings by floor area.
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Old March 17th, 2007, 01:45 AM   #11
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the photos posted for the italian one are really bad...

Palazzo Montecitorio, that gives the name of the squares in which is located, was initially projected by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, under Pope Innocenzo X, and realized by Carlo Fontana. The palace was inaugurated in 1696. Initially was a papal palace.

After some changements and restorations to the building, the parliament, as we know it today, was ended in 1871.

In the 1792, with the end of the restoration, was erected in the square of Palazzo Montecitorio, in front of the Parliament an Egyptian Obelisk of the Pharaoh Psammetich II.

Currently (2007) the building is under restoration.






just a few pics of the interiors:


how appears today...



...and a historic "render"...

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Old March 17th, 2007, 03:59 AM   #12
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According to Wikipedia, the Palace of the Parliament is one of the world's largest buildings by floor area.
...and it's the heaviest building in the world:

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* Palace of the Parliament, Romania

The heaviest building in the world is made of 1 million mģ (35.3 million cu ft) of marble from Transylvania and 700,000 metric tons of steel and bronze. The building also features 3,500 metric tons of crystal glass and 900,000 mģ (31.7 million cu ft) of wood. It measures 270 m by 240 m (885 ft by 787 ft), 86 m (282 ft) high, and extends 92 m (300 ft) below ground.
Anyway... I've said it before on this forum... it's really ugly.


IMO, the best parliament building in Europe is the Hungarian one.
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Old March 17th, 2007, 05:26 PM   #13
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so many of those photos haven't bothered loading for me, no matter how many times i reload, ive got 3MBPS internet so its not that, and damn china for blocking wikipedia....
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wow!
the buildings i like best are the hungarian, australian, german, romanian and the finnish.
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Yes, the vast majority of photos are linked of wiki, so if your not happy with your countries then you can change it there.

The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest is utterly stunning... Come out of the metro station and its down the avenue ahead, and doesn't look that big. Then you walk toward it for 20 minutes and it appears to be the same distance away... it is insanely large.
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Old March 20th, 2007, 07:41 AM   #16
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I like UK, France, Germany,Hungary,Austria,and Belgium.
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Please do not mix up government and parliament buildings.
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Old March 21st, 2007, 09:28 AM   #18
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Old March 21st, 2007, 10:02 AM   #19
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Your code for the British Parliament is a bit stuffed. Here it is:



My favourite Parliament in Europe!
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 02:48 AM   #20
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Please do not mix up government and parliament buildings.
As I said, where I know it or could find it on wiki i've gone with the lower house of legislature, the the legislature if it is a unicameral or shared building (like westminster). Others are whatever I could find, if you have some local knowlege do enlighten us! would love to see some pics.
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