Sunday, January 13, 2019

Gilded Tourist Attraction

In Budapest, from the top of Castle Hill on the Buda side of the Danube River, we have a view of the Hungarian Parliament Building that sits on the Pest side.  The third largest Parliament building in the world, it's a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination in Budapest. 

The interior is quite spectacular.  There are gold ceilings.  GOLD.  It was decorated using more than 88 pounds of 22 to 23-carat gold, including rare gold leaves.
I've shown you the exterior at night, and during the day.  You've seen the Main Hall and the Assembly Hall.  And now you'll see some of the details.

Like the Moorish designed windows.  
The leaf patterned door jambs covered and surrounded in gold and colorful patterns on the walls.
The leaded windows that look across the Danube to Castle Hill in Buda.
The old-fashioned light switch plates.
More gold ceilings, this one with artwork.
Arches, gold, pink marble, red carpet.
Another example of the Moorish architectural style.
One of the rooms you pass through going near the grand main hall and the area where they keep the Crown of St. Stephen, the Holy Crown of Hungary.  

The columns are decorated with figures of regular people - farmers, peasants, shopkeepers, etc. - to remind the lawmakers, as they walk through the room, who they work for.
It's a beautiful building and one of the best attractions we visited in Budapest.  CNN Travel did a recent piece about it - with some video - which you can see HERE.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Budapest, don't miss this tour!


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Dining Up North

2017: Promoting International Cooperation
2016: Truly A Man Of Leisure
2015: Beer Run
2014: Field Two
2013: We Are A Very Rich, Blessed, Lucky, Fortunate Lot Aren't We?
2012: Passion Creates Pure Art
2011: Reflecting On The Day
2010: Crunching The Numbers
2009: Looking Grand At The Grand Canyon
2008: Overshadowing Government
2007: Miami International
2006: Did You Check The Solenoid?
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005! 

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