(This is my first post on an international location. In the last year or so, Ghummakkad has only focused on stories from India, and after this post, expect many more international destinations, which I have traveled to or will travel to in the future. There is always something to share, isn’t there?)
Budapest had been lingering on my mind for a couple of years. From the time, I was standing at the Wein Meidling Station in Vienna and saw a Railjet which said Budapest. How tempting it was to board that and visit what people call ‘Paris of the East’. Anyways, we were on a planned schedule that time and I left Budapest for another day…and that day was early July 2012. Though there is much to share about Budapest and Eger, I have focused this post on the Hungarian Parliament, on the banks of the Danube, in Budapest. It is one of the most magnificent buildings that I have seen in my life and in the few hours I spent by the river or on it, it was difficult to take my eyes off it!
The Parliament is the largest building in Hungary, but that’s not the only notable feature about it. It is more than a 100 years old and the design was selected from an international competition, which was won by Imre Steindl. The construction of the building started in 1885 and was inaugurated on the 1000th anniversary of the country in 1896. The building was finally completed in 1904, the architect having lost his vision before that. In its 100 years, the building has seen various events…from the communist hold on Hungary to its independence in 1989 when Matyas Szuros, from one of the balconies, declared the country as a Hungarian Republic.
Built in the Gothic revival style, the building is symmetrical and thus has two exact halls, one which is used for the political sessions and one for guided tours. Though it has more than 600 rooms, a few hundred sculptures, and a million other things, nothing beats the view from the Danube, especially if you are on a cruise at sunset. So what are you waiting for…get on the next boat…and be amazed by this beautiful building!