20 years and huge sums of money were invested by the Hungarians in the Hungarian Parliament Building, which used to be considered the most expensive building in Europe. Its building began in 1885, before the 1000 years celebration for the Hungarian Empire, that was set for 1896. Hungary, who longed for an impressive symbol to respect this honor, appointed the Jewish architect Imre Steindl to plan the building. Steindl would never get to see the impressive building he designed. He became blind during the construction, and was not at the inauguration ceremony, because he passed away only a few months prior.
The building, which took about 20 years to finish, was worked on by over 1,000 men. About 40 million bricks were used in the construction of the huge and impressive building, from which about half a million are gemstones. About 40 kilos of gold was invested in the decorations.
So for the celebrations of the millennium, the construction was not finalized and continued until 1904, but the Hungarians tend to say that even now construction is never-ending. They mean the expensive restorations and preservations that take place here all the time.
The total length of the staircases in the building equals 20 kilometers.
The impressive dome at the head of the building is 96 meters tall.
At the length of 268 meters and the width of 118 meters, the area of the building is 17,700 square meters.
Try getting to the tours in the building as early as possible.
Each day there are tours in the Parliament Building. See the link below the times for the tours in many different languages.