Thursday, May 21, 2009

What we did in Budapest Part 4

We visited the Parliament

Which certainly gives the Parliament in London a run for it's money in terms of grandeur and gold

It houses the Crown of St Stephen, allegedly the 1000 year old crown of their patron saint. Supposedly they can't proove one way or the other if it is or isn't authentic.

The House of Lords was abolished after the war and Hungary now has a unicameral Parliament with 386 members. Hungary is a nation of 10 million people. The US with 300 million people had 435 members in the House of Representatives. Just for a small comparision. This is where they meet:

Not bad. If you think of parliamentary buildings as temples of democracy, I would say this one fits the bill.

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