Hungary has managed to set a new world record by building the highest Lego tower in front of Saint Stephen's Basilica in Budapest.

Construction of the 36-metre Lego tower began on Wednesday with several school children taking part, helped by official Danish Lego constructors.

The aim was to break the previous US record of 34.43 metres.

Officials from the Guinness World Record company arrived in Budapest on Saturday to verify the record.

The mayor of the city's fifth district said that he hoped the record would promote Budapest to the world before he braved the height of 36 meters to place the last piece.

“This is a modern obelisk behind us and it shows that with lots of minute engineering knowledge and diligence how we can call attention to the fact that this is one of the most beautiful squares of Budapest”, Mayor Antal Rogan said.

After Mr Rogan placed the last piece on top of the tower the official measurement showed that a new record was indeed set.