CHAIN BRIDGE (LÁNCHÍD)

budapest chain bridge

CHAIN BRIDGE (LÁNCHÍD)

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Before it was built, the river could only be crossed by a temporary bridge, boat or on ice.
However, a big city needed a real stone bridge, so “the greatest Hungarian”, Count István Széchenyi did everything he could to build it: he studied abroad, made different designs, visited factories and experimented with materials. The decisive step was when he invited the English designer William Tierney Clark and his relative, the Scottish engineer Adam Clark, to the country, eventually constructing what was to be considered a technical miracle in 1849. Like the rest of Budapest, this bridge was destroyed in World War II, but except for the necessary modernization, it was rebuilt in its original form.

The square at the Buda side of the bridge bears the name of the contractor Adam Clark, who chose Hungary as his new home, and in addition to the construction of the bridge, we can also associate the construction of the Castle Tunnel. One of the highlights of the Danube riverside evening is when the bridge lighting is turned on, which makes the arches of the bridge even more pronounced. Built with two huge stone gates and beautiful chains, the distinctive bridge has become an integral part of the cityscape over the past century and a half.

 

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