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Hungarian Parliament, Budapest

A quick post on this impressive building, world's third largest Parliament house.


It is the largest and tallest (and perhaps also the most beautiful) building in Hungary. Its construction began in 1885 and was completed 13 years later. The style is Gothic Revival with a Renaissance revival dome with the main façade overlooking the Danube.
 Guided tours of the interiors of the Parliament are available when the National Assembly is not in session. The tour takes about 45 minutes, and is well worth the price. It covers the main entrance stairs and hall, one of the lobbies, the old House of Lords and the Hungarian Crown Jewels. These tours are held in several languages (English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, etc.). You can buy them in advance (I reccomend you to do so, when we were there all tickets were gone) here: http://www.jegymester.hu/eng/Production/480000/Parliament-visit
If you're in the area, don't forget to walk thorugh the Danube Promenade and pass by the Shoes on the Danube Bank, the memorial sculpture that honors the Jews who were killed by fascist militiamen in Budapest during WWII. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank.
Hungarian Parliament
1055 Budapest, Kossuth tér 1-3.
Telephone: (+36-1) 441-4415
http://latogatokozpont.parlament.hu/en
Tickets:
Full price HUF 4000
Students (ages 6-24) HUF 2000
EU citizens (adults) HUF 2000
EU citizens (students) (ages 6-24) HUF 1000
Visitors under 6 years of age - Free of charge
Opening hours:
1st April–31st October Monday–Friday: 8.00 a.m.–6.00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 8.00 a.m.–4.00 p.m.
1st November–31st March Monday–Sunday: 8.00 a.m.–4.00 p.m.
Visits to the House of Parliament are restricted during weeks in which the National Assembly holds its plenary sittings.
No guided tours on national/bank holidays: 15th March, 20th August and 23rd October. No visits also on the following days: 1st January, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, 1st May, 1st November and 24th–26th December.