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As an appropriate segway between our day spent in the hills of Buda and the day spent exploring Pest, I thought I would introduce you to one of the most beautiful sights of Budapest: its bridges.
Seven bridges span the Danube as it runs through the city of Budapest. Of the five that were originally built before the Second World War, all were destroyed during the conflict. They were rebuilt in their original style shortly following the war, and two more bridges followed, creating a lovely lace work of suspension and iron clad crossings connecting the two ancient cities.

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The Chain Bridge and Buda Castle following the destruction of the Siege of Budapest. Photo courtesy of wikipedia

IMG_9397_low Jimmy and I spent one evening (between small down pours) trying our hand at snapping some shots of the most famous bridge: the Széchenyi Chain Bridge. Opened in 1849 after the Revolution of 1948, it was the first permanent bridge to connect the two banks. It became a symbol of national pride, advancement in engineering feats- of which it was one at the time- and the connection between east and west. Like many of the great bridges of the world- the Brooklyn Bridge, the Golden Gate, perhaps even the Ponte Vecchio of centuries ago- it promoted significant development of Hungary’s economic and cultural growth.

IMG_9422_low IMG_9419_low IMG_9415_low_bw IMG_9393_low IMG_9406_low_bw Constructed of stone and cast and wrought iron, it was one of the first suspension bridges of its size. It is beautifully spotted with warm, large light bulbs and is a must see sight while in Budapest, especially in the evening when the city’s best sights are all aglow.

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