Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hungary - Budapest (HU-17325)

This beautiful postcard shows the Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest, which was built in 1839-1849. The Danube river looks very beautiful... It's a shame that I haven't seen it, although I've been to Vienna, I just had too little time... But I would love to visit Budapest someday, then I'll certainly see the river :)

HU-17325

Széchenyi lánchíd or Széchenyi Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. It was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Budapest, and was opened in 1849.

The bridge is named after István Széchenyi, a major supporter of its construction. At the time of its construction, it counted as a wonder of the world. It had an enormous significance in the country's economics and life. Its decorations made of cast iron, and its construction, radiating calm dignity and balance, raised it among the most beautiful industrial monuments in Europe. It became a symbol of advancement, national awakening, and the linkage between East and West.

1 comment:

Adam said...

You can find some useful information about Budapest sights and attractions at this Budapest site including Budapest bridges.