Chain Bridge -Szecheny Lanchid, Budapest

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    Szechenyi lanchid (Chain Bridge)

    by littlesam1 Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    Budapest is a city of many bridges connecting the two cities of Buda and Pest. The first connection to be built was the Chain Bridge (Sczecheyl Ianchid). The bridge was completed and opened on December 20, 1849. Historically in 1989 the bridge was used by the people of Budapest for their demonstration for freedom and independence. The bridge itself is very beautiful, especially in the evening when it is covered with lights. Walking across the bridge I was able to get many beautiful photo's the Danube and the banks of Budapest.

    During World War II Hungary suffered many bombings and much was destroyed in the city. At one point all of the bridges in Budapest were blown up. The Chain Bridge was restored and opend for traffic again in 1949.

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    My Favorite Bridge in Budapest

    by dcwizard Written Mar 16, 2004

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    The Chain Bridge must be the most famous bridge crossing the Danube in Budapest, but my favorite bridge has to be the beautiful green Freedom or Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag Hid) which links the Gellert Hill in Buda with Pest, near the University of Economics. Built in 1896 for the Millenium celebrations, the Hungarian mythical birds stand perched on the golden orbs at the top of the pillars, as if ready to take flight.

    Freedom Bridge: Free of Traffic
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    Szechenyi Lanchid (Chain Bridge)

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    This bridge crosses the Danube and joins Buda to Pest. On the Buda side the bridge is located at the foot of Castle District, on the Pest side it is located at the foot of Gresham Palace. Chain Bridge was the city’s first bridge and is a historical monument. It attracts many visitors especially at night when the bridge is beautifully illuminated. It is flanked by lions on each side.

    Beautifully illuminated at night Another view of the Bridge Nice details A walk across the bridge A day view of the bridge
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    Bridgehead of Chain Bridge

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 4, 2008

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    Sculpted by Janos Marschalko there are two massive stone lion's guarding the bridgehead of Chain Bridge. It is said that Janos was "heartbroken" because while sculpting the lions he forgot to give them tongues, so he drowned himself in the river. In all fairness to Janos, he did give the lion's tongues but you have to really get close to see them...

    Can you see his tongue? The bridge guarded by the Lions
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    Chain Bridge, Danube from Buda Castle

    by RhineRoll Written Dec 12, 2004

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    This is the view you get from the southernmost vantage point on the Varhegy plateau in front of Buda Castle. The Chain Bridge and the River Danube are dominating the scene with the Parliament being visible in the background while Margaret Island is almost disappearing in the fog.

    The direct way from the Siklo station and the Turul statue involves a lot of steps, but there is barrier-free access through a passage from the other side of the Castle.

    Chain Bridge, Danube from Buda Castle
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    See if the lions of Chain Bridge have TONGUES?

    by jumpingnorman Updated Jan 30, 2009

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    I found my favorite bridge in Budapest after going down the funicular -- this is the Széchenyi lánchíd or Széchenyi Chain Bridge.

    It is a suspension bridge that spans River Danube between Buda and Pest, the west and east side of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. The first bridge across the Danube in Budapest, it was designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark in 1839, after Count István Széchenyi's initiative in the same year, with construction supervised locally by Scottish engineer Adam Clark (no relation). It opened in 1849, thus became the first bridge in the Hungarian capital. At the time, its center span of 202 m was one of the largest in the world.

    I posed by one of the lions at each of the abutments of the bridge. They were added in 1852, and it is popular culture in Hungary to point out that the lions in fact have no tongues. Cat got your tongue?

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    Chain Bridge

    by SmileyLeSa Updated Mar 14, 2005

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    The Chain Bridge was the very first bridge to link the two cities of Buda and Pest. The bridge began construction in in 1842 and completed in 1849. The bridge today is a symbol of Hungarian liberty, primarily due to a demonstration in 1989 for freedom and independence.

    The Bridge stretches over the Danube River at 375 meters long and 16 meters wide. At night the bridge is illuminated by thousands of great white lights.

    Chain Bridge at Night
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    The Chain bridge (Széchenyi Lánczhíd)

    by 1courage Updated Jun 1, 2008

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    This is the first permanent bridge of Budapest. The count István Széchenyi initiated the construction, in 1839. Built on the plans of the english architect, William Thierney Clark, from 1842 to 1849. The 4 famous lion sculptures wich guard the bridge are Miklós Marschalkó`s works (1852).
    The bridge was 2 times modified, and in 1945 the germans blew it up. Fortunatley it could be reconstructed in only 2 years, and it hasn`t been at all modified, mantaining it`s original beauty. Only the little houses (cashiers) on both sides of the bridge were pulled down, because crossing the bridge became free of charge for everyone.
    At the Buda bridgehead you find the 0 km, from wich the distances on all the highways are counted.

    View of the Chain bridge The Bridge from the Pest side The Bridge from the Duna Korz�� The bridge from the Buda side The Bridge and the 0 Km with flowers
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    Budapest's Most Famous Bridge

    by dcwizard Written Feb 12, 2004

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    The Lanchid (Chain Bridge) is Budapest's signature bridge, the one you see in most of the pictures and postcards. A visit to Budapest must include a walk across it, and the obligatory picture with the Lions guarding it! The bridge is a focal point for many celebrations, including the national celebration in August. The bridge was lit blue as Hungary "voted" for entry into the EU as if it were ever in doubt). And it has been lit pink the last two years to raise breast cancer screening awareness.

    See my travelogue for pictures of the bridge lit for different celebrations.

    Chain Bridge with the Lion on Guard
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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 m-joy Written Dec 19, 2004

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    English engineers came to Budapest in the middle of the 19th century to build a gigantic bridge in accordance to the existing famous English suspension-bridges. This sensational bridge is still the eye-catcher of Budapest, especially when it is illuminated at night.

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    The Chain Bridge

    by belgrade03 Updated Nov 10, 2003

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    This unusual bridge was built in the 19th century and is the first permanent bridge connecting 2 cities of Buda and Pest. The cables of the 380m long bridge are suspended over the top of 2 triumphal arches and fixed to underground chambers. The stone lions at both ends are local favourites. The sight of the Chain Bridge sparkling in a string of lights in its evening glory is captivating.

    Chain Bridge at night
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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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    Chain Bridge

    by ophiro Updated Jul 10, 2008

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    Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchíd in hungarian) is maybe the most famous bridge in Budapest and the oldest one (the first permanent bridge).
    It connects Adam Clark square and the Buda castle on the Buda side and Roosvelt square with the greesham palace on the Pest side.

    The bridge is 202 meters long , and was built between 1840-1849.
    The Lions on each side of the bridge are very famous and there is an anecdote about the lions :
    Because of the height of the lions , the people can't see their tongues so they thought the sculpture forgot them.
    When the people mocked him he jumped into the Danube and died.

    one of the lions the bridge and from above the bridge at night
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    Szechenyi-lanchid

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    In front of the Roosevelt ter there is the fantastic Szechenyi-lanchid, Chain Bridge. It was the first bridge to connect Buda with Pest thanks to Istvan Szechenyi. This great bridge was built by the English engineer William T. Clark. The bridge is 380 metres long and there are chains connect to the pilons and at the beginning of each side of the bridge there are two lions made by Janos Marshalko. This bridge, like all the other bridge of Budapest was destroyed during the Second World War (1945) by the German. It was restored and to carry to its orinally beauty.

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