Széchenyi Chain Bridge 1849

Széchenyi Chain Bridge 1849

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The Bridge

In the 19th century bridge building was taking advantage of new materials to produce longer spans and link cities and communities. One of the most important bridges was built In the Hungarian capital, Budapest. The River Danube divides the city and in 1849 it was bridged by a wrought iron and stone crossing designed by British engineer, William Tierney Clark.

Known as the ‘Chain Bridge’ it became a symbol of Hungary’s modern identity and the linking of east and west. In World War II its deck was blown up by retreating German troops, but it was fully restored and reopened in 1949.

Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The first permanent bridge across the Danube in Budapest

Key Facts

One of Europe’s most iconic bridges

Unites a city, a nation, and east and west


Budapest, Hungary

Across the River Danube

Linking Buda and Pest

Bridge designer

William Tierney Clark


Chain suspension bridge

202m main span

375m total length

Engineer for construction

Adam Clark


Began in 1840

Opened 20 November 1849

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