The Hungarian Parliament Building sits on the edge of the river Danube, a beautifully imposing building overlooking Pest. The largest building in Hungary and the tallest in Budapest, it required 40 million bricks, 500,000 precious stones and 40kg of gold to build it.

Imre Steindl won an architectural competition to design and build it in 1885 and while he designed it in a Neo-gothic/Gothic Revival style best recognised in its symmetrical façade, he also added a central dome clearly inspired by Renaissance Revival architecture.

Tragically, Steindl went blind before the building was finished in 1904 and passed away two years before then. He would never lay eyes upon the completion of his most elegant work.

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