Austrian Parliament Building (Vienna)
Watch the center of power of Austria
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Best time to visit
Apr - May, Sep - Oct
The capital of Austria
- City Tour
- Historical Sites
About Austrian Parliament Building
The Austrian Parliament building in Vienna is a place where the two houses of parliament go on to conduct their sessions. The foundation stone of the building was laid in 1874 and the construction of it was over in 1883. In fact, it works out to be one of the largest structures here, spread over 13,500 meters. One of the focal points of the building has been the Pallas Athena statue that is part of the entrance of the main building. It was a plan by Hansen from 1898 to 1902 and works out to be a notable attraction of Austria. He went on to choose a Greek design style for the building which went on to reflect the law of freedom and law.
This destination is part of several important ceremonies with the prime being the swearing-in ceremony of the President of Austria along with the state speech on October 26th. There is no harm in confirming the fact that this is the place where all the laws of the country are made. In fact, this was a part of the urban expansion along with renewal project which began with the demolition of the former city wall.
Architecture of Austrian Parliament Building
As this has been the case with most historic sites, the world war two did take a massive toll on the architecture of the building. It went on to be demolished into bits and pieces by Allied aerial bombing but it is the reconstruction work that provided the state an opportunity to remodel the interiors. Throughout the Austrian Parliament building, classic motifs tend to appear as well. The two statues at the entrance of the building are decorated with statues.
Xenophon has a deep Vienna connection, as he was the first author who scripted books on riding along with instructions on the same. This lead to a situation where this form of art began to be practiced at the Spanish riding school. In other regions of the building, Nike too turned up. It is the horse-drawn chariots that go on to dominate the roof which is all driven by her and worked out to be major symbols of victory.
It is just under the topmost point of the building you are going to come across, a statue of Emperor Franz Joseph. It was under his supervision the building went on to be constructed. The other beliefs along with statues have a tinge of Roman and Greek culture as part of it.
Major Rooms in Austrian Parliament Building
On all counts, it works out to be a major masterpiece. The great Hall of Pillars is about 40-m-long and 23-m-wide. Each pillar, made of Adnet marble, weighs about 16 tons and carry the skylighted ceiling. The floor is made of polished marble. The chamber of the former House of Deputies has a seating capacity of about 364 seats. Visitors can enter the building from the front at ground level, and not from the old side entrance.
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Tickets for adults are GBP 28 and for children is GBP 12.
There is no entry fee for public visits and guided tours.
The parliament is open for a visit between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm from Monday to Saturday.
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