Szechenyi Chain Bridge

Szechenyi 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.


Photo 1, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest


Photo 2, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest


Photo 3, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest


Szechenyi Chain Bridge

Official name                                    Szechenyi Lanchid

Carries                                             Two road lanes

Crosses                                            Danube River

Locale                                              Budapest, Hungary

Designer                                          William Tierney Clark

Design                                             Chain, Suspension bridge

Material                                           Wrought iron and stone

Total length                                     375 metres (1,230 ft)

Longest span                                    202 metres (660 ft)

Opened                                            November 20, 1849


Photo 4, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest


Its two ends are:
Roosevelt Square (with the Gresham Palace and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), and Adam Clark Square (the Zero Kilometer Stone and the lower end of the Castle Hill Funicular, leading to Buda Castle).


Photo 5, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest


Photo 6, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest


Photo 7, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest


The bridge is named after Istvan Szechenyi, 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.


Photo 8, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest


Photo 9, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest


Photo 10, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest



The bridge was designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark in 1839, after Count Istvan Szechenyi's initiative in the same year, with construction supervised locally by Scottish engineer Adam Clark. It is a larger scale version of William Tierney Clark's earlier Marlow Bridge, across the River Thames in Marlow, England.

The bridge was opened in 1849, and thus became the first permanent bridge in the Hungarian capital. At the time, its center span of 202 m was one of the largest in the world. The pairs of lions at each of the abutments were added in 1852. The bridge was given its current name in 1898.

The bridge's cast iron structure was totally updated and strengthened in 1914. In World War II, the bridge was damaged and needed to be rebuilt. The rebuilding was completed in 1949.


Photo 11, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest

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