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Széchenyi lánchíd or Széchenyi Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. It was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Budapest, and was opened in 1849.

It is anchored on the Pest side of the river to Roosevelt Square, adjacent to the Gresham Palace and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and on the Buda side to Adam Clark Square, near the Zero Kilometer Stone and the lower end of the Castle Hill Funicular, leading to Buda Castle.

The bridge is named after István Széchenyi, a major supporter of its construction. At the time of its construction, it counted as a wonder of the world. It had an enormous significance in the country's economics and life. Its decorations made of cast iron, and its construction, radiating calm dignity and balance, raised it among the most beautiful industrial monuments in Europe. It became a symbol of advancement, national awakening, and the linkage between East and West.At the beginning of July to mid-August every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm is held the Summer on The Chain Bridge Festival, such a mega event that huge volumes of flights to Hungary have arrived into the city to join this event. People gather here for music, food and a carnival atmosphere. Over seven weeks of the fair are packed full of entertainment, from theatre to folk, classical to jazz, and pop to world music. It’ brings an upbeat and lively atmosphere into the city.

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