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Chain bridge at night
The Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid) connecting Buda and Pest across the Danube River. The bridge is named after count Istvan Szechenyi who sponsored the construction of the bridge, as well as numerous other city projects.

Buda and Pest stood as two separate cities until 1873, when they officially merged with the third part, Óbuda (Ancient Buda), to form Budapest. However, the region’s history extends as far back as 2000 BC, when it was settled by people from what is now the Caucasus and France. The trend towards modern development of Buda and Pest began in the twelfth century, led by french, walloon and german settlers who worked and traded there under royal protection and who helped rebuild following the Mongol destruction in 1241. The Hapsburgs extended control over the cities until the mid-1800s, shortly before Buda and Pest merged into one. The city was under Soviet control until the first free elections were held in 1990. Gábor Demszky has served five consecutive terms as mayor since then, and has helped establish Budapest as a vibrant and dynamic city of the 21st century.

The Danube River cuts through the city and served as the original divider between Buda and Pest. On the west bank lies Buda and to the east is Pest, on flatter land across the river. Over two million people, equal to one-fifth of Hungary’s total population, live in Budapest. The city is home to the country’s only civilian airport, and is the hub of Hungary’s commerce, trade, industry and wealth. Monuments remembering the revolutions that took place within the city throughout the 19th century are visible along many of the streets and parks, and new restaurants, shops, and nightclubs have opened up in the last decade.
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The Budapest Opera House
The Budapest Opera House was built in 1884, by Mikloov Ybel. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in Europe. Although not as large as other world class opera houses, Budapest's is arguably the most beautiful to look at. Each year thousands of tourists and opera fans come to view the frescoes painted by Karolz Lotz. From

Christmas at Matthias Church
Christmas at Matthias Church. The official name of Matthias Church is the Church of Our Lady. This Gothic Style church was constructed between the 13th and the 15th centuries. It’s popular name comes from King Matthias, who got married here twice and was the main donor. During the Turkish invasion (1541) it became a Mosque and all its frescoes were destroyed. When the Turks were expelled, the temple became a Jesuits’ Church. The church has excellent acoustics, and is home to many concerts. From

Mayor of NYC
Michael Bloomberg

Mayor of Budapest
Gábor Demszky

 City of Budapest
 United States Embassy in Hungary
 Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN
 The American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary- Budapest
Gateway New York

 Gateway Budapest: Hungary in the City
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Mineral Springs

Did you know?
Budapest is also known for its mineral springs.

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