Austrian Parliament Building

Vienna, Austria

The Austrian Parliament Building in Vienna is where the two houses of the Austrian Parliament conduct their sessions. The foundation stone was laid in 1874 and the building was completed in 1883. The architect responsible for its Greek Revival style was Theophil Hansen. He designed the building holistically, aiming to have each element harmonizing with all the others. He was therefore also responsible for the interior decoration, such as statues, paintings, furniture, chandeliers, and numerous other elements. Hansen was honored by Emperor Franz Joseph with the title of Freiherr (Baron) after its completion. Following heavy damage and destruction in World War II, most of the interior has been restored to its original splendour.

The parliament building covers over 13,500 square meters, making it one of the largest structures on Ringstraße. It contains over one hundred rooms, the most important of which are the Chambers of the National Council, the Federal Council, and the former Imperial House of Representatives (Abgeordnetenhaus). The building also includes committee rooms, libraries, lobbies, dining rooms, bars and gymnasiums. One of the building's most famous features is the Pallas Athena fountain in front of the main entrance, built by Hansen from 1898 to 1902 and a notable Viennese tourist attraction.

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Founded: 1874-1883
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Austria

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EDDIE DAWKINS (4 months ago)
Independent atheist from Romania I ask for the help of the international community because I am discriminated against by the late Orthodox Christian majority in Romania because I am an independent atheist,
Jenna Quinn (7 months ago)
Beautiful
Олексій Чайковський (8 months ago)
I guess it a wonderful place, but unfortunately it is om the reconstruction for too long
Dan M (11 months ago)
One of the more beautiful House of Parliament in Europe. Perhaps not more the the House in London, but definitely more impressive than the one in Paris.
Tony Sentinella (2 years ago)
A building site. as another review mentions, it's set to reopen in a few years time. a lot of Vienna seems to be under construction. maybe give Vienna a miss until 2021
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