TOP 10 FACTS ABOUT THE HUNGARIAN PARLIAMENT

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1) THE LARGEST BUILDING IN HUNGARY. Length: 268.32 metres, width: 118.13 metres, number of rooms: 691. 

2) EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE CONTRIBUTING TO THE CONSTRUCTION HAD TO BE HUNGARIAN. About 1000 people, the cream of Hungarian masters and artists worked on it yearly. An interesting fact: 40 kilos of 24-carat pure gold foil was used for the interior decoration.

3) IT TOOK NEARLY 20 YEARS TO COMPLETE. The construction started in 1885 and finished in 1904.

4) ITS HEIGHT IS A REFERENCE TO A HISTORICAL EVENT AND ITS DATE. The height of the cupola: 96 metres with a symbolic meaning referring to the Hungarian Conquest in 896 and the Millenium Celebrations in 1896.

5) AMAZING NUMBER OF SCULPTURES. 365 Gothic turrets, 88 statues decorate the outside of the building. Hungarian kings and rulers face the Danube from the seven conqueror tribe leaders to Ferdinand V. On the Kossuth Square facade great military leaders and princes of Transylvania can be seen.

6) ECLECTIC-STYLE BUILDING. Neo-Gothic features with traces of baroque style ground plan and interior, neo-Byzantine decoration elements and renaissance ceilings.

7) ITS OWN LIBRARY HAS THE GREATEST COLLECTION of HUNGARIAN PARLIAMENTARY DOCUMENTS. It numbers about a million volumes and is for public use also.

8) THE ARCHITECT WON A COMPETITION TO DESIGN THE HOUSE OF THE STATE. Imre Steindl (1839-1902) a professor at the University of Technology and Economics died before the Parliament officially opened.

9) 8 OUT OF THE WORLD'S 12 GIANT SWEDISH GRANITE COLUMNS DECORATE THE GRAND STAIRCASE. The gifts of the Swedish king. The other 4 can be found in the Palace of Westminster.

10) ST STEVEN'S HOLY CROWN AND THE ROYAL INSIGNIA ARE HELD HERE. For Parliament visits check availability HERE.