Outside, but still close to the inner city, lies the massive Gothic Revival edifice of the Országház (the "House of the Country"), Hungary's parliament building and one her most recognizable landmarks. A short walk from here leads to the similarly sprawling Szabadság tér (Freedom Square), with such dignified features as the National Bank, the former Stock Exchange Palace (later Hungary’s TV headquarters, now empty), the US embassy, a statue of Ronald Reagan, and a controversial Soviet War Memorial whose removal—and the alleged legal impossibility thereof—is a regular talking point for Hungarians. Astute pedestrians will also notice a pronounced but unsurprising density of expensive black cars and suits in this neighborhood.
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