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Buda-Past: Do You Think You Know Budapest?

By Robert Velkey // 2017.04.07.

Do you know which historic square of Pest can be seen on this vintage pictures and approximately when it was taken?


For decades this square was known as Roosevelt tér after the long-serving (1933–45) American president.  The square offers one of the best views of Castle Hill in Budapest from the Pest side.


This square has now been renamed to honour the statesmen and developer of Chain Bridge, which it faces. You can see the building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on the picture. Today the square looks like this;


The Hungarian Academy of Sciences is the most important and prestigious learned society of Hungary. Its seat is at the bank of the Danube in Budapest. Its main goals and responsibilities are the cultivation of science, dissemination of scientific findings, supporting research and development and representing Hungarian science domestically and around the world since 1825 when Count István Széchenyi offered one year’s income of his estate for the purposes of a Learned Society

So, it is the Széchenyi tér of Budapest. The vintage photo was taken in 1928.



photos:;; – Márk Mercai /