10 Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings

1. The Hungarian Parliament, BudapestThe Hungarian Parliament is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary. It resides on the bank of the Danube river, and is one of Budapest’s most famous landmarks. Construction began in 1885 and ended in 1904, and today the building is still the largest in Hungary and tallest in Budapest. It is also one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Hungarian Parliament

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Hungarian Parliament

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Hungarian Parliament

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Hungarian Parliament

2. The Palace of Westminster, London – The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the Houses of Parliament of the United Kingdom, which are the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The palace resides on the bank of River Thames, and along with the famous Big Ben, they are one of London’s best attractions and one of Europe’s most famous monuments

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Palace of Westminster

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Palace of Westminster

 

3. The Capitol, Washington DC – The United States Capitol is the seat of the United States Congress, located on top of Capitol Hill. Construction began in 1793 and was completed in 1800

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Capitol, Washington DC

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Capitol, Washington DC

 

4. The Reichstag, Berlin – Since 1999 the Reichstag it is once again the meeting place of the German parliament: the Bundestag – the constitutional and legislative body in Germany. The Reichstag originally opened in 1894, and the building goes hand in hand with the history of Germany during the last 120 years. Tourists can visit (for free, but need to book in advance) the glass dome of the Reichstag – one of the recommended attractions in Berlin

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Reichstag, Berlin

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Reichstag, Berlin

5. Centre Block, Ottawa – The Parliament of Canada sit is the Canadian parliamentary complex on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. The Centre Block is the main building of that complex. It houses the House of Commons and Senate chambers, as well as many offices of senators, members of parliament and senior administration for both legislative houses. The main architectural feature of Centre Block is the Peace Tower – a huge clock tower that stands in the middle of the building

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: Centre Block, Ottawa

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: Centre Block, Ottawa

 

6. The Secretariat Building, New Delhi The Secretariat Building is the sit of the Cabinet Secretariat, which administers the Government of India. Built in the 1910s, the Secretariat buildings are actually two blocks (North Block and South Block) of symmetrical buildings

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Secretariat Building, New Delhi

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Secretariat Building, New Delhi (source: Laurie Jones @ flickr

 

7. Binnenhof, The Hague, Netherlands – The Binnenhof is the oldest parliament building still in use. The Binnenhof is a complex of buildings that were first built in the 13th century, and became the political center of the Dutch Republic in 1584. Today it is the meeting place of both houses of the Netherlands, as well as the office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of General Affairs

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings:  Binnenhof, The Hague

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: Binnenhof, The Hague (source: Rainer Ebert @ flickr

8. The Palace of Parliament, Bucharest – The Palace of Parliament building houses both chambers of the Romanian Parliament. The Palace is the largest parliament building in the world, largest civilian building with an administrative function (not counting factories etc’), most expensive administrative building and even heaviest building. Construction of the palace started in 1984 and completed in 1997

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Palace of Parliament, Bucharest

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Palace of Parliament, Bucharest (source: Mstyslav Chernov)

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Palace of Parliament, Bucharest

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: The Palace of Parliament, Bucharest (source: Alessio Damato)

 

9. Houses of Parliament, Cape Town – The Houses of Parliament of South Africa consists of three sections built in different times: original building from the end of the 19th century, second building from the 1920s, and the final building built in the 1980s. The complex houses the two houses of South Africa: the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: Houses of Parliament, Cape Town

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: Houses of Parliament, Cape Town (source: Janek Szymanowski)

 

10. Beehive, Wellington, New Zealand – The Beehive is the Executive Wing of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings complex. The shape of the building resembles in a way a beehive, giving it its name. Construction of the building began in 1969 and completed in 1981. The height of the building is 72 meters (236 ft)

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: Beehive, Wellington, New Zealand

Most Beautiful Parliament Buildings: Beehive, Wellington, New Zealand

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