"Inspired by Windsor palace" Budapest Parliament (Orszaghaz) Tip by IngaA

  Parliament building
by IngaA

Favorite thing: Parliament.

Fondest memory: The building that became one of the symbols of Budapest. It has some features that we can see in Windsor palace in London. Actually the idea was more or less taken from that place. The constrution took about 19 yearts and was finished in 1904.
Decorated with statues of Hungarian kings, located near Danube, it is one of the top points for tourists.
It is open, you can make a tour inside, but the tour must be scheduled and not coincide with parliament sessions.
Inside there is a so-called "Coupol hall" with the statues of Hungarian kings of Arpad dynasty and 3 statues of Habsbours. All the kings are looing at the middle of the room exept that 1st king Arpad. He looks at Habsbourgs, as if asking: What are they doing here, between us? How come?
In the Session hall at the tribune there is a trace of a bullet. Somewhen at the beginning of XX century, during the Parliamenent session, there was a deputy who was shooting at the Chairman. He did not kill the Chairman but since that time there are guardians in the Session hall during Parliament sessions.
One more interesting detail. Near the session hall there is a special place for igars. Sometimes deputies came out for smoking but were alled back to the session, for example, to vote. They could put the lighted cigars there. If the session was intensive and the important decisions were taken, it happened the cigare burnt. Now there is a proverb : "it is worthwile of Habana' (that time and now Habana cigars r very expensive)

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  • Updated May 2, 2003
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