Liberty Bridge - Szabadsag Hid, Budapest

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    Szabadság híd - Liberty Bridge

    by grayfo Written Oct 31, 2013

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    The Liberty (or Freedom) Bridge crosses the River Danube and connects Buda with Pest; it is the third southernmost and shortest public road bridge in Budapest and is located to the south of the City Centre. The bridge was originally called the Franz Joseph Bridge when it was built between 1894 and 1896 to the plans of János Feketeházy. The bridge was opened in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph himself who hammered the last silver rivet on the Pest abutment. The Liberty Bridge is 333 metres long and 20 metres wide and has at the top of the four masts large bronze statues of the Turul, a falcon-type bird that was prominent in Hungarian mythology. The bridge was destroyed by German troops in January 1945 and rebuilt to the same specifications in August 1946.

    July 2012

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    Liberty Bridge

    by mindcrime Written Dec 16, 2012

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    Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd ) was the less attractive bridge in the city center so we didn’t walk on it although we were close enough when we visited the Gellert Baths (that face the bridge).
    It’s a 333meters long and 20meters wide that was built in 1894 by Janos Feketehazy and took the name of Emperor Franz Joseph I that was there on the day of the opening and hammered the last silver rivet in 1896 during the Millennium celebration of Hungary. As most of the bridges in Budapest it was blown by the germans during WWII and it was rebuilt after the war in its original form again. The only thing that’s worth to be mentioned about it are the bronze statues of the falcon like bird Turul that are set on top of the pillars.

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    Crossing the Danube to Gellert Hill

    by Jefie Updated Nov 6, 2012

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    There are several bridges connecting Pest to Buda, and the Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd) is the one located at the southern end of city center, leading to Gellert Hill. The 333.6 m long bridge was built between 1894 and 1896. Its middle part was destroyed during World War II but it was rebuilt in 1945, and further restoration work was conducted to eliminate all war-related damage between 2007 and 2009. The bridge's main ornaments, four falcon-like bronze statues sitting on top of the bridge's four central masts (these are actually turuls, a mythological bird that represents power, strength and nobility in Hungary), were also restored. The bridge was originally named after the Emperor Franz Joseph, but it was renamed Liberty Bridge when the country was liberated from the Nazi occupation by the Soviet army at the end of World War II in 1945. The same year, the Liberation Monument was erected at the top of Gellert Hill. This imposing statue takes on the form of a woman holding a palm leaf above her head and can best be admired while crossing the bridge.

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    Liberty Bridge

    by Danalia Updated Oct 21, 2011

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    Liberty Bridge is the third and shortest bridge of Budapest. It was built for the Millennium World Exhibition in 1896, its original name being Francis Joseph Bridge.
    As Liberty Bridge is the shortest bridge in Budapest, you can easily walk across it over the Danube in a couple of minutes.
    Having reached the Buda end of the bridge, you get to Gellért Square at the foot of Gellért Hill, hosting Hotel Gellért famous for its thermal water. At the right side of the Hotel, you can find the Cave Church with the statue of Stephen I before it. From here, the top of Gellért Hill with the Citadella and the Liberty Statue, standing proudly over Budapest, are only a 15-20 minutes' comfortable walk.

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    Szabadság híd (or Liberty Bridge)

    by Danalia Written Sep 16, 2011

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    The Liberty Bridge connects Buda and Pest across the River Danube. It is the third southernmost public road bridge in Budapest, located at the southern end of the City Centre.
    At its two ends are:
    Gellért tér (at the foot of Gellért Hill, with the Gellért Spa and Hotel Gellért) and
    Fővám tér (with the Great Market Hall and the nearby Budapest University of Economics)

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    Danube: Liberty Bridge

    by antistar Updated Aug 12, 2009

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    Spanning the Danube from the base of Gellert Hill to the teeming hordes on Vaci Utca, the grand, green, cast iron Liberty bridge makes a busy, beautiful and important connection. It's a little unusual in that it's a faux-chain bridge, intended to keep the style of the Szechenyi bridge further down river, but without the same technology.

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    Liberty bridge

    by ophiro Written Jul 9, 2008

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    The bridge from Gellert

    Liberty bridge (Szabadság híd in hungarian) is one of the bridges between Buda and Pest.
    The location of the bridge is near the south side of the city center.
    The bridge was built between 1894 and 1896 and it connects the two sides - Gellert hill on the Buda side and the great market hall on Fovam ter on the pest side.

    The bridge is 333 meters long

    When i was in Budapest , the bridge was under construction and it is pedestrian only at the moment.

    In my picture you will see the bridge from Gellert hill - you can see at the top a bronze statue of Turul.

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    Szabadsag hid (Liberty Bridge)

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    The bridge as seen from Gellert Hill

    This bridge was built in 1899 and it crosses the Danube at the foot of Gellert Hill on the Buda side and at the foot of Central Market on the Pest side. After the destruction of all the bridges in Budapest, this was the first bridge to be reconstructed since it suffered the least amount of damage. The original motifs were retained during its reconstruction. It’s a nice little walk across the Danube and a great way to get from Central Market to Gellert Hill. I decided to cross this bridge on the morning I paid a visit to the Buda side of the city since it was in close proximity to my hotel.

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    Szabadsag Hid (Liberty Bridge)

    by Nemoa Written Jul 20, 2005

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    The Gellert from Szabadsag Hid

    As all the bridges in Budapest, it was built (in 1899), destroyed by the Germans in 1945 and rebuilt in 1946. It has the peculiarity of displaying the Royal Arms and the Turul bird, beautiful symbols of the city.

    It is just next to the Gellert Spa and the Gellert Hill so you also have nice views from this bridge.

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    THE LIBERTY BRIDGE

    by ruki Written May 21, 2005

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    This bridge spans the Danube for 365 m and work on it commenced in 1894. The transversal bracing between the pillars has ornamental gates supporting the birds at their top and the great arms of Hungary.

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    Liberty Bridge

    by Djinn76 Updated Feb 21, 2004

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    Liberty Bridge

    Also know as Szabadsag hid in hungarian, this bridge was initially called Franz Joseph Bridge (Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary untill 1916).

    It has been open in 1896 during the Millenium celebrations (to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the arrival of the Magyars in the area).

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    Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd) & baths . . .

    by acemj Updated Dec 11, 2003

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    The Liberty Bridge opened in 1896 and was originally called the Franz Joseph Bridge after the Habsburg Emperor. Along the top of the bridge's pillars you'll notice iron Turul birds, a symbol in Magyar history.

    At the far end of the bridge (Buda side) in this picture, you can see the Gellért Hotel, an Art Nouveau palace which is as famous for its Turkish style thermal baths that are open to the public.

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    Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd)

    by Sarita76 Written Mar 21, 2003

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    Budapest - Liberty Bridge (Szabads��g h��d)

    This bridge was the third to be built in Budapest and was originally called Franz Joseph Bridge after the Habsburg Emperor. Opened in 1896 as part of the Millennium celebrations, the design is elegant but simple. The Turul birds (a mystical symbol in Magyar history) perched on the bridge pillars and elegant ironwork enhance its beauty.

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    Liberty Bridge/Szabadság híd

    by Redang Updated Sep 11, 2007

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    Liberty Bridge (Budapest, Hungary)
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    Another beautiful bridge in Budapest, built in 1.899, and it was the first to be rebuilt after the IIWW in 1.946.

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    Szabadsag hid

    by elPierro Written Sep 2, 2005

    The southern chainbridge consists of greenbrown Iron.

    Legend goes that a drunk Dutchman once took a p*ss into the Danube from the middle of the bridge. Who could that be?

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