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Freedom Bridge (Szabadság híd)

Freedom Bridge (Szabadság híd) (21A)

This bridge, one of many that cross the Danube, was built to commemorate the millennium in the year 1896 and was inaugurated by Emperor Francis Joseph, who hammered in its last nail. In fact, early on the structure was called the ´Francis Joseph Bridge` and remained so for fifty years until it was destroyed by the Germans in 1945. After its reconstruction it was renamed with the current title, ´Freedom Bridge`. 

It is a projecting bridge whose four supporting towers are each crowned with a golden ball inscribed with ´Turul` figures. The ´Turuls` are mythical Hungarian birds which, according to legend, guided King Árpád when he crossed the Carpathians on his way towards the Danube. 

In addition, the bridge is also decorated with an enamel coat of arms, topped off by the crown of the saints. 

Taking in this beautiful structure, you will be able to decide if you agree with its architect’s words when describing the three elements he followed in its design: beauty, simplicity and economy.

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