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Chain Bridge

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Széchenyi Chain Bridge is the world-famous landmark of Budapest and Hungary. It was named after one of the major supporters and facilitators of its construction. Chain Bridge was the first permanent bridge between Buda and Pest and also the first one across the Danube. It was built between 1839 and 1849, in the period when Budapest started to evolve from a dusty Central-European town to a vibrant metropolis and has symbolized the connection between East and West, progress and development. Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge with three bays and stone abutments designed by the Englishman William Tierney Clark. Its construction was supervised by Adam Clark. The chief investor was Baron György Sina, Viennese banker. At the beginning, everyone – including noblemen – had to pay a toll for crossing; the toll was lifted in 1918.