Széchenyi lánchíd Budapest Reviews
Budapest's Chain Bridge Sep 29, 2011
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge, or Széchenyi Lánchíd is an iconic symbol of Budapest. You've seen it in every Budapest travel promotion and travel guide, usually on the cover. The 1230-foot (375 m) suspension bridge spans the Danube in central Budapest. The Chain Bridge was the first permanent bridge between Buda and Pest, contributing to the unification of the two towns and their subsequent development into a central city. It was designed by English engineer William Tierney Clark in 1839 and completed in 1849. The bridge was rebuilt after World War II and reopened in 1949.
Motor vehicles are required to take somewhat of a circuitous route to get up to the bridge. (There must have been a more direct route at one time.) The bridge connects Széchenyi tér (formerly Roosevelt tér) in Pest with Clark Adam tér in Buda. What's in a name? Adam Clark was the Scottish supervisor of the bridge construction project and of construction of the connecting tunnel under the Buda Hills. Count István Széchenyi was a reform politician who envisioned the bridge project.
The bridge carries vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
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