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1902, Budapest. Postcard

The building of the old Elisabeth Bridge (Erzsébet-híd), postcard, reproduction.

By Erdélyi Mór

The bridge was named after Elizabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, the wife of Francis Joseph I, assassinated in Geneva in 1898.

With only one 290-meter span stretching over the Danube, the bridge built in eclectic style was known as the longest suspension bridge of the world. The construction of the bridge was started in 1897 to the plans of Aurél Czekelius and Antal Kherndl. The bridge was inaugurated on 10 October 1903. The complete length of the bridge structure amounted to 378.6 meters, with the driveway being 11.0 meters wide, the pavements 3.5 meters each. The suspension bridge was ornamented with Art Nouveau elements. At the beginning, a wood brick road connected the rapidly developing Pest to the romantic Buda. Four lanes were available for public traffic, so that two rows of cars were able to proceed in each direction. The first trams appeared on the bridge only on 14 August 1914, over 10 years after its inauguration. At that time, trams were essential to the traffic of Budapest. From 15 October 1928, there have been buses in service on the bridge, as well. Hungary drove on the left until November 1941.

Unfortunately, the Elizabeth Bridge, along with all of the Budapest bridges, was blown up by German troops at the end of World War II, on 18 January 1945. The Elizabeth Bridge is the only Danube bridge in Budapest that would not be rebuilt after the devastations of World War II. Instead, a completely new bridge was built between 1960 and 1964, nearly two decades after the destruction of the original Elizabeth Bridge.

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Taken on June 26, 2009