Must see in Budapest: The Parliament

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Hungarian Pairlament Watercolor painting

Of course, since we are an art site and art blog, I must start the demonstration of the Hungarian Parliament with a beautiful watercolor illustration!

This beautiful building was designed by Imre Steindl, a Hungarian architect who unfortunately went blind before his masterpiece was finished.

Constructions started in 1885 and it was completed in 1904.

Budapest parlaiment

The Parliament Building is built in the Gothic Revival style; it has a symmetrical façade and a central dome. The dome is Renaissance Revival architecture. Also from inside the parliament is symmetrical and thus has two absolutely identical parliament halls of which one is used for politics, the other for guided tours. It is 268 m (879 ft) long and 123 m (404 ft) wide. Its interior includes 10 courtyards, 13 passenger and freight elevators, 27 gates, 29 staircases and 691 rooms (which includes more than 200 offices). With its height of 96 m (315 ft), it is one of the two 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 façade overlooks the River Danube, but the official main entrance is from the square on the east side of the building. Inside and outside, there are altogether 242 sculptures on the walls.

One of the famous parts of the building is the hexadecagonal (sixteen-sided) central hall, with huge chambers adjoining it: the Lower House and the Upper House.

Further features include the stained glass and glass mosaics by Miksa Róth.

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


The Parliament is a magnificent piece during the day but it is even more beautiful at night! Tourists arriving to our country with a river cruise always praise the evening view they arrived to: the lights of the city especially alongside the Danube is breathtaking!

I hope you enjoyed this little story about the Hungarian parliament, let me know in the comments if you had a chance to see it and how you likes it!

A portrait of Chloe Nyiri

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