The Hungarian Parliament Building, also known as the Parliament of Budapest because of its location, is the seat of Hungary’s National Assembly, a well-known landmark in the country, and a prominent tourist destination in Budapest.
It is located on Kossuth Square in the Pest district of Budapest, on the Danube’s eastern bank. It was designed in the neo-Gothic style by Hungarian architect Imre Steindl and opened in 1902. After its completion, it has become Hungary’s largest structure.
Budapest was formed in 1873 from the merger of three cities: Buda, Buda, and Pest. Seven years later, the Diet decided to create a modern, representative parliament building that would express the nation’s sovereignty. The structure was designed to look out over the Danube River.
The Parliament Building has a symmetrical façade and a central dome in the Gothic Revival style. The dome is designed in the Renaissance Revival style. From the inside, the parliament is mostly symmetrical, with two adjacent parliament halls on opposite sides of the house. One of the two halls is still used for Hungarian National Assembly meetings, while the other is used for ceremonies, conferences, and guided tours.