A neoclassical symbol of democracy for more than a century.
From empire to war to democracy.
Both wings of this landmark have served as stages for some of this part of the world's most historic moments of the past century. Inaugurated in 1883, it was designed in neoclassical Greek style to symbolise the ideals of democracy, and housed the parliament of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the last Habsburg, Charles I, stepped away from the throne in 1918. Then it was here that the transition to a republic was ratified. This was also a structure that like many suffered greatly from bombing, shelling, and fire during World War II, but was faithfully reconstructed after the war.