Liberty Bridge (Budapest)

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Liberty Bridge
Szabadság híd
Freedom Bridge Budapest.JPG
Crosses Danube
Locale Budapest
Characteristics
Total length 333.6 m (1,094 ft)
Width 20.1 m (66 ft)
Piers in water 2
History
Architect János Feketeházy
Construction begin 1894
Construction end 1896
Rebuilt 1945

Szabadság híd (in English: Liberty Bridge or Freedom Bridge) in Budapest, Hungary, connects Buda and Pest across the River Danube. It is the third southernmost public road bridge in Budapest, located at the southern end of the City Centre. It was originally named Ferenc József híd (Franz Joseph Bridge).

At its two ends are two public squares, Gellért tér (at the foot of Gellért Hill, with the Gellért Spa and Hotel Gellért) and Fővám tér (with the Great Market Hall).

Construction[edit]

The bridge was built between 1894 and 1896 to the plans of János Feketeházy. Although radically different in structure, the bridge imitates the general outline of a chain-type bridge, which was considered an aesthetically preferable form at the time of construction. The bridge was opened in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph; the last silver rivet on the Pest abutment was inserted into the iron structure by the Emperor himself, and the bridge was originally named after him.

Dimensions and decorations[edit]

The bridge is 333.6 m in length and 20.1 m in width. The top of the four masts are decorated with large bronze statues of the Turul, a falcon-like bird, prominent in ancient Hungarian mythology.

Traffic[edit]

Many trams used to cross the twin-road bridge, which was also heavily burdened with car traffic, and there is an initiative to convert it to a pedestrian-only crossing now that he fourth underground metro line is completed.

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Coordinates: 47°29′09″N 19°03′18″E / 47.48583°N 19.05500°E / 47.48583; 19.05500