Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Oldest Bridges of Budapest

On my recent visit to Budapest, I took these images of the three oldest bridges in Budapest  linking Buda and Pest across the River Danube - the Chain Bridge, the Margaret Bridge and the Liberty Bridge.
One of The Oldest Bridges of Budapest - the Chain Bridge
Chain Bridge Budapest
The oldest Bridge of Budapest is the The Chain Bridge (officially the Széchenyi Chain Bridge) which was the first permanent stone-bridge connecting Pest and Buda, and only the second permanent crossing on the whole length of the river Danube. At the time of its construction, it had the second-largest span in the world of any suspension bridge. It was designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark who had previously used the same design on a smaller but identical bridge crossing the River Thames at Marlow. The bridge was completed in 1849.
One of The Oldest Bridges of Budapest - Margaret Bridge
Margaret Bridge
The second oldest bridge of Budapest is Margaret Bridge was the second permanent bridge of Budapest, an example of French Neo-Baroque bridge-building. Its construction was started twenty years after the inauguration of the Chain Bridge, being built between 1872 and 1876.  It connects Szent István Boulevard and Margit Boulevard, also touching the Margaret Island. Its length is 607 meters and it is 25 meters wide. It contains four traffic lanes (two in each direction), two tramway lines in the middle and one pavement on each side.
One of The Oldest Bridges of Budapest Liberty Bridge
Liberty Bridge
The third oldest bridge of Budapest, the Liberty Bridge is also the shortest bridge of Budapest. It was built for the Millennium World Exhibition in 1896, held to celebrate 1,000 years since the arrival of the Magyars in Hungary and its original name was the Francis Joseph Bridge. It was renamed the Liberty Bridge to mark Hungary's liberation after World War Two. It is a three-span girder bridge with a Gerber truss built in Art Nouveau style. It is 333.6 meters in length, 20.1 meters in width.

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