Saturday, December 29, 2018

Assembling On The East Bank Of The Danube

This is the Assembly Hall of the House of Magnates at the Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest, Hungary. 

The current ruling party, Fidesz, is a national-conservative and right-wing populist political party that has dominated Hungarian politics on the national and local level since its landslide victory in the 2010 national elections. Viktor Orb├ín, the current Prime Minister, has been the leader of Fidesz for most of its history.  
The National Assembly consists of 199 members elected to 4-year terms.  Fidesz holds 133 of those seats.

The National Assembly has met in this building since 1902.

Every inch of this building is so ornate - I have more photos of the interior coming soon - I didn't know where to look first.  The ceiling? The arches?  The windows?   
Everything was gilded and glowed under the lights.  The Corinthian columns, the most lavish of the Greek orders, are topped by Gothic arches that become more ornate as they get closer to the ceiling.
And the ceiling.  Look at the ceiling.  Now it's not the most ornate ceiling in this building, but it's certainly beautiful.  
We were in the building during the late afternoon and didn't see any workers who weren't part of our tour, but I imagined working there must feel special since the parliament is considered to be one of the most important historic buildings in Hungary. 
Important enough to be covered in gold.

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2017: Winding Down
2016: Get Real
2015: The Swiss Grill Does It Up Alambre Style
2014: Another Day Gone
2013: No Snow For Winter AND Stupid Syfy Movies
2012: Winter Rest 
2011: Happy 5005!
2010: It Really Doesn’t Need Any Help
2009: The Day The Music Lived
2008: It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
2007: He Raises A Valid Point
2006: Eddie In Stripes Friday
2005: Customer Service Vigilante

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