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More about bridges! – Chain Bridge Hungary

As you very well know, I love bridges 🙂 Thanks to this I was asked my fellow Travel Bloggers friends to submit pictures of their favourite bridges and we created this blog. In the meantime I received another submission and I believe that it deserves it’s own blog as well. Hope you enjoy it!

Chain Bridge (Széchenyi lánchíd, Hungarian) by Cris from Looknwalk.

The Chain Bridge(Széchenyi lánchíd, Hungarian) was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary’s capital. The suspension bridge is best known for the giant lions located at each end.

Designed by an English Engineer in 1839, it opened in 1849, after the Hungarian Revolution. At that time, it was one of the largest bridges in the world. The bridge’s iron structure was strengthened in 1914 but, unfortunately, it was blown up during World War II (in 1945) during the Siege of Budapest. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1949.

Nowadays, it is a popular tourist destination and a constant presence in the photos taken on the Danube Embankment. On New Year’s Eve, the bridge is closed for traffic so that locals and tourists alike can watch the fireworks in the capital. It is also closed for other events, such as the National Day.

Trivia: Did you know that the Chain Bridge is a large scale version of William Clark’s earlier Marlow Bridge on the River Thames in Marlow, England?