Travel website TripAdvisor has released its list of “Travelers’ Choice” award-winners for the 2017 year. In the ‘Top 25 Landmarks’ category, Budapest’s Parliament building clinched the 14th spot, beating out world wonders such as Notre Dame, Big Ben, the Acropolis of Athens, and the Sydney Opera House.
Published each year, TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards celebrate “the very best of travel…chosen by millions of travelers.” In this year’s awards, site users ranked the world’s best “hotels, destinations, beaches, landmarks, attractions, airlines, and vacation rentals.”
The top spot in the world landmarks category was awarded to Cambodian temple complex Angkor Wat, while the top ten included landmarks such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, and Machu Picchu (you can view the list in its entirety here). And while it was bested by these structures, which are among the most famous ever created by man, the fact that the Budapest Parliament bulding is being mentioned in the same breath as such giants and in fact beat out many other impressive locations, is testament to just how significant the building housing Hungary’s National Assembly truly is.
As the millennial celebrations of 1896 approached in Hungary, the national demand for representation gave birth to the conception of an eclectic Parliament building, inspired partly by the Palace of Westminster of England. The construction of the magnificent building, designed by Imre Steindl, began in 1885, and was fully completed in 1902 (read more about the politics of Austria Hungary in this article on Francis Joseph.)
Ornamented with white neogothic turrets and arches, it forms the most outstanding landmark of the Pest side horizon. Statues of Hungarian monarchs and military commanders decorate the outer walls, while the unique interior design includes huge halls, over 12,5 miles of corridors, a 96-meter high central dome and 691 rooms. The Hungarian Parliament building is the third-largest Parliament building in the world.
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