Kossuth Lajos Square, Budapest

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Kossuth Lajos square is situated in the Lipótváros neighbourhood of Budapest, Hungary, on the bank of the Danube. Its most notable landmark is the Hungarian Parliament Building (Hungarian: Országház). There is a station of the M2 (East-West) line of the Budapest Metro on the square as well as a stop for the scenic Tram No. 2.Name and HistoryThe square, renamed in 1927 in honor of Lajos Kossuth was previously known by several names including; Országház tér ("Parliament Square") (1898–1927), Tömő tér or Stadt Schopper Platz in German ("Landfill Square")(1853–1898). This name recalls how the low-lying territory flanking the river, then outside the town of Pest, was filled with rubbish to raise the level of the ground. The first recorded name was Stadtischer Auswind Platz ("Unloading Square for the Ships") in 1820.In the second half of the 19th century, great public buildings were erected on the square and it became the symbolic centre of the Hungarian state. The Hungarian Parliament Building is located on the square.Facing the Parliament, the Museum of Ethnography (originally the Palace of Justice) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development can be found.
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  • It is a beautiful Square in the middle of the city. The Parliament is on one side. The other two buildings on the other side were the second and third best contestants for the "tender" at the time...  more »
  • Very large square (or park) surrounds beautiful Parliament Building, dotted with statues and monuments.  more »
  • Amazing place! The house of parliament is the nicest of all. A true grand building. The interior is even nicer than the outside. Interesting about the square that the other two building were plans for the house of parliament as well, but they ended up 2nd and 3rd place finishers. So there are 3 parliament buildings now on the square.
  • Beautiful place! During the day you have a good view of the river, at night you have the building lights
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