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This promenade with its ornamented lampposts and benches was developed fully roughly a hundred years ago. It tempts visitors both to take a walk and to enjoy the panorama of the Danube. The predecessor of the Embankment set out more than two hundred years ago as a line of trees. This southern stretch of the Danube near the city parish church (Belv醨osi Pl閎醤iatemplom) is where the raft-bridge was once moored. The tradition of its present use as a promenade stems from the time of the Millennium celebrations.


In this panorama the following 2 important sightseeings can be seen:

1.Elisabeth Bridge (Erzs閎et h韉)

Erzs閎et h韉 (Elisabeth Bridge) is the second newest bridge and one of the most elegant ones of Budapest, Hungary, connecting Buda and Pest across the River Danube. It is situated at the narrowest part of the Danube, the bridge spanning only 290 m. It is named after Queen Elisabeth, a popular queen and empress of Austria-Hungary, who was tragically assassinated. Today, her large bronze statue sits by the bridge's Buda side connection in the middle of a small garden. The original Erzs閎et h韉 was blown up at the end of World War II by retreating Wehrmacht sappers. The currently standing slender white cable bridge was built in the very same location between 19611964, because the government could not afford to construct entirely new foundations for the bridge.

2.City Parish Church (Belv醨isi Pl閎醤iatemplom) opposite of the Elizabeth Bridge
The Gothic chapel, the neo-Gothic carved pulpit, the fifteenth century Italian frescoes and the twentieth century high altar are all well worth observing.The oldest church in Pest has origins going back to the twelfth century and is also the site of the grave of the martyr Bishop Saint Gell閞t. During the Turkish occupation in the seventeenth century the church was converted for use as a mosque. After their expulsion and a great fire in 1723 it was rebuilt in baroque style, although the interior also contains Classical elements.
(Source:Vend間v醨)

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