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Old December 27th, 2008, 09:06 PM   #81
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Parliament in Slovenia
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Our quite known architect Jože Plečnik foresaw a Parliament like this:
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Old December 27th, 2008, 09:52 PM   #82
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Škoda, da mu ni uspel,...
Pitty, he didn't succeed,...
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Old December 28th, 2008, 02:27 AM   #83
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The most impressive parliament building of Europe is in Budapest. I'm not hungarian, but I made these photos when I was on holidays in Hungary







At night it looks very impressive

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Old December 28th, 2008, 03:00 AM   #84
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And now not so impressive Lithuanian parliament building in Vilnius



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Old December 28th, 2008, 10:07 AM   #85
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It is not a pitty, our politicians don`t deserve it.
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F.Y.R.Macedonia - Skopje Parliament

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Old December 28th, 2008, 02:07 PM   #87
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Old December 28th, 2008, 11:21 PM   #89
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all of then looks so nice and wonderful
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Old December 29th, 2008, 03:42 AM   #90
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The Parliament of Hungary, Budapest

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 Kossuth Lajos Square, on the bank of the Danube, in Budapest. It is currently the largest building in Hungary, and the second largest Parliament in Europe.

History

Budapest was united from three cities in 1873 and seven years later the National Assembly resolved to establish a new, representative Parliament Building, expressing the sovereignty of the nation. A competition was published, which was won by Imre Steindl, but the plans of the other two competitors were also realized, facing the Parliament: one serves today as the Ethnographical Museum, the other as the Ministry of Agriculture.

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.)

There were about one thousand people working on its construction in which 40 million bricks, half a million precious stones and 40 kg gold were used.

Features

Similar to the Palace of Westminster, it was built in Gothic Revival style; it has a symmetrical facade and a central dome. It is 268 m long and 123 m wide. Its interior includes 10 courtyards, 13 passenger and freight elevators, 27 gates, 29 staircases and 691 rooms (including more than 200 offices). With its height of 96 m, it is one of the tallest buildings in Budapest, along with Saint Stephen's Basilica. The number 96 refers to the nation's millennium, 1896, and the conquest of the later Kingdom of Hungary in 896.

The main facade faces the River Danube, but the official main entrance is from the square in front of the building. Inside and outside, there are altogether 242 sculptures on the walls.

On the façade, statues of Hungarian rulers, Transylvanian leaders and famous military people are to be seen. Over the windows, there are pictures of coats of arms of kings and dukes. The main entrance is the stairs located on the eastern side, bordered by two lions.

When entering the Parliament, visitors can walk up great ornamental stairs, see frescoes on the ceiling and pass by the bust of the creator, Imre Steindl, in a wall niche. Other statues include those of Árpád, Stephen I and John Hunyadi.

One of the famous parts of the building is the hexadecagonal (sixteen-sided) central hall, with huge chambers adjoining it: the Lower House (today the National Assembly meets here) and the Upper House (until 1945).

Further features include the stained glass and glass mosaic paintings by Miksa Róth.

Due to its extensive surface and its detailed handiwork, The building is almost always under renovation.

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That is so ******* awesome.
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Old December 31st, 2008, 01:58 AM   #93
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The Hungarian Parliament is spectacular. It's like a cross between the British Parliament and US Capitol with some monumental gothic detailing thrown in. The best of both buildings.

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Old December 31st, 2008, 05:21 AM   #94
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Best Parliamentary building in the World!
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Old December 31st, 2008, 05:57 AM   #95
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The Hungarian parliament building sure is spectacular. I think it's one of the most gorgeous buildings in the world. It's a wonder that such a small country could afford such an extravagant building when compared to some of the other parliament buildings in larger and arguable wealthier countries. Hungary's parliament building sure is something to be proud of and a real treasure for the city and country.
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Hungary used to be part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Hungary was once very powerful and wealthy. The Empire dissolved at the end of World War 1. Prior to that it was the second largest country in Europe by area, and the third most populous after the Russian Empire and the German Empire.

It's no surprise at all that Hungary has an abundance of opulent extravagant old buildings.

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I was under the impression that Budapest played second fiddle to Vienna in importance and wealth during the period to such an extent that a building of this magnitude may have been more hope than reality. I'm glad to see that there was enough wealth to go around.
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I was under the impression that Budapest played second fiddle to Vienna in importance and wealth during the period to such an extent that a building of this magnitude may have been more hope than reality. I'm glad to see that there was enough wealth to go around.
The relative decline of Austria led to the creation of the trans-national Austro-Hungarian Empire. Budapest, being the principle city of Hungary, and Hungary enjoying semi-autonomous status, would ensure that Budapest would enjoy prominence within the Empire. You're right that Vienna dominated as capital, but Budapest prospered too. Within many rich powerful countries, it's often not just the dominant city that prospers. Hungary is a small country today, as is Austria, but they were both once part of a very prominent region of Europe.
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