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(By Rachel Delia Benaim via Weather)

Around the world, countries have governments. And these governments meet. Sometimes in palaces and sometimes in parliaments. Sometimes their constituents agree with their policies and what goes on in those buildings, and sometimes they don’t.

Politics aside, these buildings are often works of wonder. From the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest, which is the largest building in all of Hungary, to Beehive, the building that houses the Executive Branch of New Zealand’s government, these structures are something at which we can all marvel.

Now we bring you a list of some of the most beautiful and striking houses of government from around the world.


1. The Hungarian Parliament, Budapest, Hungary (Photo credit: Rachel Delia Benaim)

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One of Hungary’s most famous landmarks, the Hungarian Parliament is one of Europe’s oldest parliament buildings. Perched on the east side of the Danube River in Pest, the structure was completed in 1904. The building is the tallest in Budapest and the largest in all of Hungary.
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2. The Palace of Westminster, London, England (Photo credit: Rachel Delia Benaim)  

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Perched along the River Thames, the Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the Houses of Parliament of the United Kingdom. It's one of London's most iconic buildings, along with Big Ben right next door.
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3. The Capitol, Washington D.C., U.S.A. (Photo credit: Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

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The United States Capitol is the seat of the United States Congress, located on top of Capitol Hill. Construction began in 1793 and was completed in 1800.
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4. The Reichstag, Berlin, Germany (Photo credit: Hermes Images/AGF/UIG viaGetty Images)

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The Reichstag reclaimed its place as the home of the German government in 1999, after a nine year renovation of the severely damaged structure. It now houses the Bundestag, the constitutional and legislative bodies in Germany. The Reichstag originally opened in 1894, and the building goes hand in hand with the history of Germany during the last 120 years. It also has a great lawn where people often hang out in typical Berlin style. Tourists can visit (for free, but need to book in advance) the glass dome of the Reichstag – one of the recommended attractions in Berlin. It was once used to house the Nazi government of the Third Reich.
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5. Centre Block, Ottawa, Canada (Photo credit: JTB/UIG viaGetty Images)

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The Parliament of Canada sit is the Canadian parliamentary complex on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. The Centre Block is the main building, which houses the House of Commons and Senate chambers. The structure’s main architectural feature of Centre Block is the Peace Tower – a huge clock tower that stands in the middle of the building, at what can only be called the helm of Canada.
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6. Binnenhof, The Hague, Netherlands (Photo credit: DeAgostini/Getty Images)

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The Binnenhof is the oldest parliament building still in use in Europe, having been consistently in use since being built in the 13th century. The Binnenhof is a complex of buildings that were first built in the 13th century, and became the political center of the Dutch Republic in 1584. Today it is the meeting place of both houses of the Netherlands, as well as the office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of General Affairs.
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7. The Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania (Photo credit: Loop Images/UIG viaGetty Images)

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The Palace is the largest parliament building in the world and, they say, the heaviest building in the world. The structure was completed in 1997, within 3 years of construction.
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