The landmark building of the Parliament building might be familiar even if you've never set foot in Budapest. This architectural masterpiece in Kossuth Square was designed by Imre Steindl in splendid neo-Gothic style. Today, it is the largest building in Hungary and the second largest parliament building in Europe. The idea of a new parliament building popped up after the unification of Óbuda, Buda and Pest in 1873; it finished and inaugurated in 1896, on the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Hungary. Thanks to the use of the finest materials, the entire building is a piece of art. The Parliament is home to the Holy Crown, the royal sceptre, and the globus cruciger of the first kings of Hungary. The Parliament is open to visits, for which tickets must be purchased at the on-site Visitor Centre - you can find more information about it here.