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Széchenyi Lánchíd

A landmark that reminds us of less easy but simpler times, when little or nothing was fast but made with quality and art, to endure the years to come. (In the distance the Parliament of Budapest, Europe's second largest)
For centuries only a pontoon bridge connected Buda and Pest. Count István Széchenyi came up with the idea of constructing a permanent bridge across the Danube.
In December 1820 he received the news that his father had died in Vienna.
Because of the hard winter the pontoon bridge was out of use.
Stranded on the Pest side for a week, Count Széchenyi vowed that he would finance construction of a permanent bridge over the Danube, regardless of the costs.
It took him almost 50 years to achieve it.

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