Széchenyi Chain Bridge and Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian Parliament at sunset with the Chain Bridge to the right of the image. The building is in a purple glow due to lights.
Hungarian Parliament Building and Chain Bridge
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Budapest was united from three cities in 1873, namely Buda, Óbuda, and Pest.

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge is a chain bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Designed by English engineer William Tierney Clark and built by Scottish engineer Adam Clark, it was the first permanent bridge across the River Danube in Hungary. The bridge opened in 1849, after the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, becoming the first permanent bridge in the Hungarian capital. It is anchored on the Pest side of the river to Széchenyi (formerly Roosevelt) Square, adjacent to the Gresham Palace and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and on the Buda side to Adam Clark Square, near the Zero Kilometre Stone and the lower end of the Castle Hill Funicular, leading to Buda Castle.

The lions at each of the abutments were carved in stone by the sculptor János Marschalkó and installed in 1852.

The bridge has the name of István Széchenyi, a major supporter of its construction, attached to it, but is most commonly known as the “Chain Bridge”. At the time of its construction, it was regarded as one of the modern world’s engineering wonders. Its decorations are made of cast iron.

And it is a wonder to look at!

The Hungarian Parliament Building is in the video below. Also known as the Parliament of Budapest after its location, it is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, a notable landmark of Hungary, and a popular tourist destination in Budapest. It is situated on Kossuth Square in the Pest side of the city, on the eastern bank of the Danube.

Seven years the unification of Buda, Óbuda, and Pest, the Diet resolved to establish a new, representative parliament building to express the sovereignty of Hungary. It was designed by Hungarian architect Imre Steindl in neo-Gothic style and opened in 1902 and has been the largest building in Hungary since its completion. Built in the Gothic Revival style it has a symmetrical façade and a central dome in Renaissance Revival architecture.


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