Budapest is a city divided by the Danube River,which splits the capital into two regions: Buda and Pest. A total of eight bridges connect Buda to Pest today. The oldest and most iconic bridge is the Széchenyi, or Chain Bridge, and it was not only the first bridge to connect Buda and Pest, but also the second bridge to cross the Danube entirely. Opened on 20 November 1849, it was destroyed late in World War II (January 1945.) The Chain Bridge was reconstructed and reopened on 20 November 1949 -exactly 100 years after its original inauguration.
The Gresham Palace, an example of Art Nouveau architecture, is pictured at the end of the Chain Bridge. Completed in 1906 as an insurance office and apartment building, it was later occupied by forces during WW II. Renovated in 2001, it is now a luxury hotel.