Parliament square reopens for public on Saturday

The renovation of Kossuth square in front of the Parliament building in Budapest is almost complete, Project Director Tamas Wachsler told MTI. It will reopen for the public on Saturday.

A paved square has been added on 55,000 square metres and the park has been extended, Wachsler said. The national flag will be hoisted full-time in the middle of the square, next to a pool of water intended to reflect the facade of the building. It will reopen for the public on Saturday.

Cars have been banished from the square to an underground car park on the north side of the building and the square will be open to pedestrians and cyclists only with entry prohibited to motorists. The tram number 2 will continue to operate near Parliament. At the top of the three-level car park a Visitors' Centre will open to cater for the half a million tourists visiting Parliament each year, he said.
A pedestrian walkway has been established on the Danube embankment in front of Parliament.
A Museum of Parliament has been designed inside Parliament as well as a memorial site to the 1956 anti-Soviet revolution. The museum ship Lajta Monitor, originally launched in 1871 and in 1919 the site of an anti-Communist revolt, will be permanently set up by the exit from the Visitors' Centre.
A statue of 18th-century statesman Ferenc Rakoczi has been renovated and one of poet Attila Jozsef moved to the embankment. A new statue of 19th-century statesman Lajos Kossuth and eight other figures will be erected and two other statues are planned, of prime ministers Gyula Andrassy and Istvan Tisza, he added.
In June 2013 the construction of Parliament's new car park was stopped by heavy flooding during which some 80,000 cubic metres of water had to be pumped to protect the walls. Now two flood locks and a pair of mobile dams provide protection against flooding, Wachsler said.
The project is expected to be completed by late summer, he said.
Rákóczi visszatért a Kossuth térre

The square has been renovated under the programme named after Imre Steindl, the 19th century Hungarian architect who built the neo-Gothic Parliament.