Margaret Bridge (Margit híd), the second oldest permanent bridge to span the Danube after the Chain Bridge, shines again in its former glory following recent renovations. Originally built between 1872 and 1876, the bridge has a unique design, as it connects Buda and Pest with Margaret Island. The bridge encloses a 165 degree angle at its embranchment towards the island. Designed by French engineer Ernest Goüin, many pieces of the bridge's iron structure were actually manufactured in France and transported to Budapest by train. In World War II an explosion destroyed the eastern span, killing about 600 civilians. Much of the original steel structure was recovered from the Danube and used during the rebuilding of the bridge in 1947. The bridge was named after Saint Margaret (1242–1270), the daughter of King Béla IV.
The latest renovations were completed in the second half of 2011 and the bridge was officially reopened on December 20th. The beautiful historic design now incorporates modern elements. There is a brand new bicycle lane, a modern tram stop in the middle of the bridge, new road surface and environmentally friendly lighting. I took these photos shortly after the re-opening.
Photos by Márk Mervai