Built immediately after the Hungarian Revolution, Budapest’s elegant Széchenyi (Chain) Bridge arches gracefully connecting the left bank of Buda with its spectacular castle (Várhegy) and stunning hillsides to Pest and its gracious Parliament House, commercial buildings and churches. Only the second permanent bridge to span the Danube, the two cities were not to formally merge for another 30 years as Budapest.Remarkably, the bridge was constructed like an advanced Lego exercise. Built in England in pieces, the various parts were shipped to Budapest and assembled. Sadly destroyed by a retreating German army in World War 2 (though the pillars survived), the bridge was rapidly rebuilt to reconnect Buda and Pest.
Guarded by peaceful resting carved lions in stone, the suspension bridge is a popular subject for photographers, the bridge symbolically linking the two parts of Budapest.
This is the fourth in the monthly iconic bridge series following the Roman Ponte Pietra in Verona, medieval Stone Bridge in Regensberg, Germany and Ponte Vecchio in Florence.