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BUDA-PAST: Do You Know Which Iconic Building Of Budapest Just Celebrated Its 140th Birthday?

By Tamás Székely // 2017.11.03.

Do you know which iconic building of Budapest celebrates its 140th birthday this week?

photo: Wikipedia

Located at the intersection of the Grand Boulevard (Nagykörút) and Váci Avenue (Váci út), it is one of the three main railway terminals in Budapest.

photo: Zoltán Máthé – MTI

The station was planned by August de Serres and was built by the Eiffel Company. It was opened on 28 October 1877. Previously another station stood in its place, the end station of Hungary’s first railway line, the Pest–Vác line, which was constructed in 1846.

photo: Zoltán Máthé – MTI

Known to locals and foreigners alike simply as the “Nyugati”, it is the Budapest-Nyugati Railway TerminalThe station gave name to the immediately adjacent Western Square (‘Nyugati tér’), a major intersection where Teréz körút, Szent István körút, Váci út and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út converge. The square also serves as a transport hub with several bus routes, tram routes 4 and 6, and a station on M3 of the Budapest Metro.