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The Chain Bridge across the River Danube
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About Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is the capital and largest city in Hungary. It is situated at one of the few places that people living on the Hungarian plains can cross the River Danube as there is an island in the middle of the river. The old fortress and original town of Buda were built on the steep hill to the right of the river and the town of Pest grew up on the left. In 1872 the two towns were joined together and became known as Budapest.
There was a fine old Royal Palace with 860 rooms and a 700 year-old church where the kings of Hungary were crowned, on the hill where the fortress of Buda was originally built. Unfortunately, the palace was badly damaged in 1944. Modern Buda covers many more hills besides this one, and near them can be found healthy mineral baths fed by hot springs. To the north there are the remains of an ancient Roman settlement.
There are now many bridges linking Buda with Pest, the most famous being the suspension bridge built by an Englishman, Adam Clark. On the opposite river bank from Buda are quays and landing stages, and there stand the smartest hotels and the Parliament House, which was built to imitate the British Houses of Parliament. Pest lies behind them with its beautiful university and opera house.
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