The Mária Valéria bridge joins Esztergom in Hungary and Štúrovo in Slovakia, across the River Danube. The bridge is some 500 metres in length. It is named after Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria, (1868–1924), the fourth child of Emperor Franz Josef, and Elisabeth.
The bridge was designed by János Feketeházy in 1893; he built several bridges on the Danube, including the Liberty bridge in Budapest and the Elisabeth bridge between Komárno and Komárom. Since its opening on 28 September 1895, the bridge has been destroyed twice. On 22 July 1919 the bridge was destroyed by a detonation at its first pier on its western side but the bridge was renovated in 1922 and completely reconstructed in 1926. During World War II, retreating German troops blew up the bridge on 26 December 1944 along with other bridges near Esztergom.
Decades of intransigence between the Communist governments of Hungary and Czechoslovakia meant that the bridge was not rebuilt until the new millennium, finally reopening on 11 October 2001. Half the costs of the project were covered by a 10 million Euro grant from the European Union, as part of the EU PHARE project to assist applicant countries in their preparations to join the EU. The re-opening was marked with the issue of a Slovak stamp. The rebuilding of the bridge helped the local industry and gave a boost to the economy in the Ister-Granum Euroregion.
Because Slovakia and Hungary are part of the Schengen Area there are no border controls on the bridge. Both countries became part of the Schengen Area on 12 December 2007, allowing all immigration and customs checks to be lifted.
As a young man, the travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor walked from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople in 1933/34. His book A Time of Gifts ends on the bridge and the second volume, Between the Woods and the Water, begins with him crossing into Esztergom.
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seres76 (1078) 2014-08-18 4:07
Good colors and pov but iron seemed to be choking the human. Tfs...
adramad (48400) 2014-08-18 8:35
Fantastic great perspective you have achieved in this pretty picture of the bridge, all its metal structure, giving superb graphics in the image.
An image to enjoy with its beautiful color, high brightness and perfect sharpness.
Happy start to the week.
cornejo (45408) 2014-08-18 9:32
Krzysztof Witaj interesting photo of this pretty interesting bridge structure, very well composed and captured this beautiful image with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
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abmdsudi (57168) 2014-08-19 1:41
An old iron bridge made to last and thks to your narratives, indeed a splendid shot lending to an overall discrete & delightful photographic impact with good depth and perspective taken from the best position. You have captured the majesty of the structures so beautifully. Truly delicious to see on how the eye is lead so gently all the way. The dark pavement and white give the extra nice colours. A lovely shot well presented. TFS.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-08-19 10:47
another simple but very pleasing composition with excellent framing and exposure. Lovely colours and sharpness. The repeated patterns of the steel structure has a pleasing visual quality and you captured it with best pov and framing.
Excellent camera work and thanks for sharing.
Have a nice evening.
swapankumarroy (2849) 2014-08-22 7:28
Very nicely captured the bridge with its structure, lovely color and well sharped image.
with warm regards and have a nice weekend.
- Copyright: Krzysztof Dera (Fis2) (103914)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-04
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Sigma 24-60 1:2.8 EX DG
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-18 0:42