Budapest Parliament- Where Smoke & Politics Commingle

Budapest Parliament- Where Smoke & Politics Commingle

Travelogue: Budapest

I recently walked through the Parliament building in Budapest Hungary. Construction began in 1884 and lasted for two decades.  Its neo-Gothic main style and the riverside location makes it the most beautiful Parliament building in the world.  While I could give you a history of the building and descriptions of it’s many wonders, my attention was drawn to the beautiful and finely crafted numbered cigar-holders that line the windowsills outside the debate chambers.  Smoking politicians left their cigars in the holders, when they went in to vote.  When they returned they could easily find their cigars, if they remembered the number of the holder.  Outside of each door one could only imagine the aroma of spirited debate and thoughtful deliberation. 

Editor’s Note: This article is contributed by a long time friend of our site Gregg Cantelmo, who just returned from a trip abroad in Budapest.

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