In 1867, after many centuries of Habsburg rule, the kingdom of Hungary was finally acknowledged as an official State and a parliament was appointed.
Londonís Houses Of Parliament served as the model for Budapestís new parliament building. The idea was to emphasize to the Hungarian people the positive way that both democracy and the monarchy could be part of the same political system.
The magnificent shape of the Budapest Parliament is similar to a palace. Two bronze lions decorate the steps that lead to the main entrance of the splendid government building that symbolized the hopes of a new kingdom.
With its 700 rooms and total floor space of 473,000 square metres, for many decades this was the greatest building in the world. And even with its powerful proportions, the Budapest Parliament radiates elegance and grace.
At night, this architectural symbol of the Hungarian people with its 100 metre high cupolas, lights up the capital and also the dark waters of the Danube.
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