Chain Bridge -Szecheny Lanchid, Budapest

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    A work of art.

    by breughel Updated Mar 15, 2015

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    Surprising to learn that before this bridge opened in 1849 there was no permanent bridge linking Buda and Pest. The passage was on pontoons which were removed before winter as the river carries ice in winter.

    There are a few bridges in Europe connecting two rivers banks and that are real works of art.
    I know three: the bridge of St. Angelo in Rome, the Charles Bridge in Prague and the Budapest Chain Bridge. The first two are reserved for pedestrians mainly tourists, the one of Budapest is open to very dense traffic. All three became tourist attractions by themselves.

    Traffic on the Chain Bridge is very dense also with busses. Fortunately for pedestrians the side walks are separated from the traffic lanes by a thick metal structure. Unfortunately pedestrians and cyclists share the sidewalk, pedestrians are advised to tighten against the railing if they want to enjoy the view of river and the riverbanks. This is especially true at night.

    As the bridge is nearly 400 m long a round walk is a goal in itself. I prefer in the dark. The bridge is illuminated as well as the Buda castle and the Mathias church.

    Chain Bridge seen from Buda side. Pedestrians and cyclists. Chain Bridge at night.
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    Statues – Chain Bridge Lions

    by grayfo Written Nov 18, 2013

    The lions at each of the abutments were carved in stone by the sculptor, Marschalko János and guard either side of the bridge. Although the bridge was opened in 1849 the lions only took their allotted places in 1852.

    July 2012

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    Széchenyi lánchíd - Chain Bridge

    by grayfo Written Nov 14, 2013

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    The Széchenyi or Chain Bridge as it is more commonly known is one of the most recognised landmarks of Budapest and is a suspension bridge that crosses the River Danube and connects Buda with Pest. The bridge was designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark with construction beginning in 1839 and opening 1849, it was also the first permanent stone-bridge connecting Pest and Buda. The Chain Bridge is 375 metres long, with its longest span at 202 metres which at the time was the second largest span in the world, the bridge is only 14.8 metres wide.

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    Danube: Szechenyi Chain Bridge

    by antistar Updated Oct 24, 2013

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    For some reason Budapest's Szechenyi Chain Bridge reminded me of the dramatic Menai Bridge that links the British mainland to the druidic island of Anglesey; one that I used to cross every summer as a boy en route to visiting my uncle in Holyhead. The Szechenyi Chain Bridge is equally dramatic, only for different reasons. Here it commands the center most point of Budapest's amazing riverside, linking the road from Hero's Square to the funicular up to Buda Castle. It's iconic and elegant, and looks amazing at night.

    The likeness to the great Menai Bridge is not surprising, given that it was designed and built by British men. William Tierney Clark designed it in 1839, and Adam Clark, whom the square at the Buda end of the bridge is named after, supervised its construction until 1849 when it opened. The Chain Bridge was the first of its kind outside England, and also the first bridge of any kind in Budapest. The bridge itself was named after Szechenyi Lánchíd, whose concept the bridge was built after.

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    Chain Bridge

    by shavy Written Aug 31, 2013

    One of the most beautiful bridges of Europe architectural masterpiece. Chain Bridge was the first permament bridge over the Danube connecting Buda and Pest and setting the unification of the two cities in motion
    Admire the beautiful Adam Clark Square and the tunnel passing under the castle at the Buda side of the bridge
    Do not miss the two stone lion statues guarding both bridgeheads, walk along the marvelous bridge and enjoy the splendid view over the city
    On the Pest side admire the Roosevelt square with its imposing buildings such as the Hungarian Academy of Science and the Gresham palace

    The beautifully illuminated bridge and the surrounding scene is a highlight of any visit to Budapest

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    by mindcrime Written Dec 16, 2012

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    Széchenyi Chain Bridge is my favorite bridge on Danube. This beautiful suspension bridge (one of the iconic images of Budapest) was the first permanent bridge in Budapest. The official name of the bridge (Széchenyi lánchíd ) refers to count Istvan Szechenyi that missed his father’s funeral because the ferry couldn’t cross the other side due to bad weather so he (as a wealthy man of course) asked T.Clarck to make a bridge here (he was an English civil engineer that designed Hammersmith and Marlow bridge in London).

    The bridge was completed in 1849, it was 375 meters long (the longest in Europe at that time) and 16 m wide. There are two towers decorated with the stone lions guarding the bridge on either side. The giant iron chains gave the name to the bridge of course.

    As the other bridges in Budapest was blown by the Nazis but was rebuilt in 1949 in its original form.
    We walked on the bridge to visit Buda castle (on Adam Clark square you can take the funicular up to the castle) and took several pictures of the bridge through different days (also when we took the boat and again one evening when it’s all lit up)

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    by GentleSpirit Updated Dec 3, 2012

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    the amazing Szechenyi Chain Bridge,,,,,,Buda Castle in the background

    The bridge is named after Count István Széchenyi, its main supporter and was opened in 1849. It connects Roosevelt ter on the Pest side to Adam Clark ter on the Buda side of the Danube River.
    It was built in pieces and transported from Britain. It has subsequently been rebuilt several times, especially after World War II, when it sustained substantial damage.

    You can walk across the bridge but also its beautiful to see around sunset with the spires on the other side of the river in the background. And at night its all lit up,, just magnificent! Definitely a MUST see in Budapest

    Szechenyi  Bridge, with Buda Castle in background
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    CHAIN BRIDGE

    by alyf1961 Updated Nov 21, 2012

    The chain bridge in Budapest was erected over the Danube River linking Buda and pest in 1849. These two cities were united in 1873 to become Budapest.
    Hungarian moderniser István Széchenyi and Adam Clark an engineer from Scotland devised it.This was the first bridge to link both cities.
    During the revolution Austria wanted to blow the bridge up so Adam Smith flooded the bridge chambers so that it couldn’t be blown up. Adam became a hero amongst the Hungarian people.

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    The most beautiful bridge in Budapest

    by Jefie Updated Nov 11, 2012

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    I think most people who've been to Budpest will agree with me that Széchenyi lánchíd, or the Chain bridge as it is called in English, is the most beautiful bridge crossing the Danube River. This 375 m long suspension bridge made of wrought iron and stone pillars was completed in 1849 and at that time it was considered an engineering triumph: thanks ot its202 m long middle section, it had one of the longest spans in the world at the time. It was the first permanent bridge to be built over the Danube in Budapest. The bridge was designed by an English engineer, William Tierney Clark - it is a larger version of a bridge he had previously designed to be built across the Thames River in Marlow, UK. In return, the four lions that stand at the end of the bridge (two at each end, one on each side) were the work of local artist Marschalko János and are believed to have influenced the design of the four lions at the base of Nelson's Column in London's Trafalgar Square. As with all other bridges in Budapest, it was badly damaged during World War II but luckily they were able to salvage most of it and restore the original design. Today it's one of the city's most popular attractions.

    One of the lions guarding the bridge View of he bridge from the Buda side Candy stall at the foot of the bridge Budapest's Chain bridge View of the bridge with Buda Castle in the back
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    The Chain Bridge - Széchenyi Lánchíd

    by zadunajska8 Written Nov 25, 2011

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    The chain bridge is one of the iconic images which identifies Budapest. It's not actually that old as it was only started in the middle of the nineteenth century (it is a suspension bridge after all!) but it was the longest bridge in Europe at the time of it's construction. It was also the first permanent bridge linking Buda with Pest and so played a major part in the unification of the city and it's development. The bridge was commissioned by Count István Széchenyi but was designed by British William Tierney Clark and built by the Scottish engineer Adam Clark (they weren't related). A plaque at the Pest end of the bridge says that this is one of only two of William Tierney Clark's bridges survive - this one and the bridge over the Thames at Marlow which has a very similar design.

    Besides being a landmark in itself and a useful way to get between the main sightseeing areas of Pest and Buda there are also some great photo opprtunities to be had from the bridge - day or night.

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    by Robmj Updated Sep 10, 2011

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    Chain bridge or Szechenyi lanchid was the first bridge built to connect Pest and Buda which were still separate cities at its construction in 1849.

    It is 375 metres long and 16 metres wide suspension bridge. Later it became a symbol of Hungarian liberty from Communism under people demonstrated in 1989. It is very Ornate and has magnificent Lion statues adorning it at each end. At the Buda end is Adam Clark Square with the funicular railway leading up Castle hill to Buda Castle. The bridge is very beautiful at night with splendid lights making it glow! In the weekends from July to August, only foot traffic is allowed during the summer festival which is how we found it, full of stalls and street vendors, quite an atmosphere. The bridge was blown up at the end of WWII but was reconstructed in 1949.

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    The Chain Bridge with it's four lions

    by janika Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Legend says: The person who designed the lions for the Chain Bridge in Budapest had made a promise to the city that the lions will be flawless. He claimed this with such confidence that he told everyone if there is any flaw in the lions, he'll jump off the Chain bridge. Yes the lions are perfect with one slight exception! They have no tongue.
    The artist did jump off the Chain bridge and not sure if he died or not because of this. Now you know the legend behind the four lions. There are two lions on each side of the bridge.

    I found a huge picture of the lion here:
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    The bridge was built: from 1839 to 1849 by Széchenyi István. There are other bridges in Budapest, crossing the river. This is still Budapest’s oldest and most famous bridge.
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    by Raimix Updated Mar 4, 2011

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    This bridge makes spectacular view, especially in the night time.

    Construction of the Chain bridge began in 1839. Later, after the demolition of this bridge in Second World War, it was rebuilt in the previous view. This is one of the most popular sights of Budapest and the symbol of Budapest and glory of Austrian - Hungarian Empire.

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    Breaking the chain....

    by sourbugger Updated Feb 10, 2011

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    The chain bridge which was completed in 1849 was my favourite bridge in Budapest.

    There was something about its breadth that made it such a sturdy and elegant structure.

    The bridge itself may have been financed by a count, but in 1989 demonsrations here beckoned in democracy. It was also this bridge that really allowed Buda and Pest to grow fast economically, thus making them together the premier city in Hungary.

    Try to work in crossing the Danube at this point into one of your strolls - the view of over the majestic Danube will make it worthwhile.

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    Bridge to Pest(THE CHAIN BRIDGE)

    by mallyak Written Dec 15, 2010

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    First opened to traffic in mid 19th century, the Chain Bridge was slung from huge chains giving it a very wide span. This was because the frozen sheets of ice that flow down the river in winter would have crashed in to supporting pillars so this new technique of slinging the river from chains was devised. When The Chain Bridge was first opened in Budapest, the nearest steady bridge across the Danube was in Vienna

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