The Chain Bridge was the first stone bridge to be built over the
Danube and is the most famous with its lion statues. Today nine
bridges span the river linking Buda to Pest, but Chain Bridge takes
pride of place as the city's symbol, a magnificent sight when
floodlit at night. It owes its construction to Count István
Széchenyi who decided to build a permanent crossing after having to
wait a week to cross the river to bury his father. The Chain Bridge
was built by William and Adam Clark, who also constructed London
Bridge. It was considered an amazing feat of engineering when it
was opened in 1849. At the foot of the bridge is Kilometre Zero,
the point in Budapest from which all distances are measured.
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