Happy Birthday Budapest – 150 Years Old Today

  • 16 Nov 2023 8:23 AM
Happy Birthday Budapest – 150 Years Old Today
150 years ago on 17 November 1873, the city of Budapest was established by the unification of Pest, Buda and Óbuda. The origins of Budapest can be traced to the 4th century BC when the Celts occupied parts of Hungary. It was later conquered by the Roman Empire, which established the town of Aquincum around AD 100 on the site of today's city of Budapest.

Here's a look at key milestones in the city's grand history:

* After the unification of the three settlements there came a booming development in the city that became a real metropolis by the turn of the century.

* There were significant industrial and trade developments in this period and many public institutions were established this time.

* The cityscape of the downtown – that makes Budapest so attractive for the domestic and international tourists – was also established in this era.

* In 1870 an urbanism competition was launched the winner of which was Lajos Lechner. From that time on the city became a constant construction area, the widening of the streets of Pest was started.

* The building of Andrássy road begun in 1871, and in the same year the law on the establishment of the main ring was issued.

* Following the Chain Bridge, the second bridge of the city, Margaret Bridge was also built.

* Main venues of the social life, coffee house and cabarets, like the famous New York Café, the Central Café or the Somossy Orfeum were opened one after another.

* The building of the Opera House, designed by Miklós Ybl, opened its doors to the public in 1884.

* The zenith of the ear was the Millennium year in 1896. On this occasion a monumental exhibition was organised, the buildings of which were placed in the city park (Városliget). The first underground of continental Europe was also built on the occasion of the Millennium.

* Though the stormy historical events of the 20. century marked the cityscape, by the present days the city shows again the face of a glorious and vibrant metropolis, which opens wide its gates to the lovers of classical and contemporary art, gastronomy, history and nature.

* On 21 March 1991 the General Assembly of the City of Budapest declared 17 November the day of Budapest.

Happy Birthday Budapest!

150th Birthday Cake of Budapest

Fittingly named ‘Birth’, the cake creators say they aimed to find three ingredients that are most characteristic of the city’s history and to achieve the best flavor harmony. And so you know the choice went to hazelnuts, coffee, and chocolate.

The Budapest 150 Cake can be tasted for the first time on the birthday of the capital, November 17th, in many local confectioneries around the city. The list of participating places can be found on www.cukraszat.net

Source: Budapestinfo.hu

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