A country with a rich history
Hungary is a country with a very rich history dating back not hundreds but thousands of years. The medieval state of Hungary was established in the 9th century AD, by the Hungarian Grand Prince Arpad. He took over and united the land of the Hungarians after the conquest of the Carpathian Basin which established a country for ethnic Hungarians.
Steven I, the great grandson of Arpad converted Hungary into a Christian kingdom in the year 1000 AD and by the 12th century, it became as regional power. The country is placed strategically in the center of Europe which provides it the impetus to be a huge influence to the rest of Europe. Events in its history have denied this to the country but with the new world order and the uniting of most countries in the continent within the European Union, Hungary could take its due place back in history.
Hungary survived through many social, political and economic upheavals during its long history and is today slowly finding its true roots within the European community. Most of Hungarian history embedded in its buildings depicting medieval architecture is still intact. These buildings add flamboyance and beauty to the country especially to its capital city of Budapest where they are mostly concentrated.
The country has much to offer every discerning visitor with many sights in this landlocked nation of about 10 million people. The jewel in the crown of this resplendent country is the river Danube that flows through it and providing a picturesque setting for all of Budapest.
A capital saved
Though Hungary went through some trying times and was in the center of two devastating World Wars, Budapest was fortunately not bombed to smithereens like most of the other capitals in Europe. It managed to retain most of its medieval buildings intact with the least damage. Fortunately for Hungary before the two World Wars reached their doorsteps most of the conflict had subsided. This probably saved the buildings in the country without damage and is today monuments to the resilience and character of its people.
One building stands out majestically on the shores of the river Danube which is the strong and sturdy edifice which the Hungarians revere as their seat of government. It is serene and majestic during the day and resplendent and flamboyant at night. It is one building that attracts every visitor who would set foot on Hungarian soil. Its sheer size in length and height is so imposing that it remains the largest in area and also the tallest building in the country.
The Hungarian Parliament which is the seat of government and the National Assembly of Hungary is popularly called the Parliament of Budapest, to give due recognition to the capital city. Interestingly the city of Budapest was formed by combining three cities, the Buda, Obuda and Pest in 1873. It was after this that the idea to locate the Parliament of Budapest on the banks of the river Danube took roots.
The Parliament of Budapest
After an international competition was initiated to design the seat of government, Hungarian Architect Steindl Imre won the commission to create this masterpiece. Work started in 1885 and the edifice was inaugurated on the 1000th anniversary of Hungary in 1896. It took another eight years to complete the building but the finished edifice in its glory and splendor was not seen by Architect Steindl Imre, as he had gone blind before that.
The edifice took 40 million bricks, 500,000 precious stones, 40 kilograms of gold, among many other construction materials and 100,000 workers to complete it. It attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world to see it.
It is one of the most spectacular buildings in the world and with a river front location is to be seen to believe of what many would say of its beauty. It is also the third largest parliament building in the world. The Parliament of Budapest is best seen from the river, whether it would be during the day or in the night.
During the night with the edifice bathed in glorious light it is just stupendous when observed from the river Danube and would be etched into the memory of the beholder for eternity. The best view that you would get of the Parliament of Budapest would be from the river and there is no better way to view it but from a Budapest Dinner Cruise.
Enjoying a gourmet three or four course culinary extravaganza whilst cruising down river would be the best view anyone could have of this imposing edifice. Whilst a day cruise would be spectacular a night ride would be flamboyant and with a splash of light and color. The dinner would be equally enjoyable and would titillate every palate as it is specially prepared by chefs who would blend the view with a sumptuous meal like none other.
Budapest is a city that has retained its old charm and the buildings add up to an architectural marvel. Visitors would be treated to some of the best buildings that have lasted the test of time and it is among them that the Parliament of Budapest stands like a sentinel imposing its majestic opulence on the city. If you are visiting Budapest it would be your prerogative to book a river cruise and see all of Budapest including the Parliament of Budapest from the river Danube.
The river Danube is the lifeline of the capital city as well as the country itself and has been the magnet that has attracted its people for centuries. It would do so to you too if you chose to cruise on the river and behold the masterpiece that is not only the seat of government of the country but the heart of its culture, personality and character. Designed by a Hungarian it would hold as the rallying point for the unity of this great country, for generations into the fut