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1917 – 2017

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Rákóczi Avenue

Een van de drukste wegen in Budapest

Onstaan  uit de Rákóczi Avenue was Hatvani út ( “weg naar Hatvan”), een handelsweg  vanuit het oostelijke deel van de stad (Pest) naar noord Hongarije.

In de 19e eeuw werd de weg belangrijker door de industrialisatie.

In 1804 werd de weg hernoemd naar  Kerepesi út (“weg naar Kerepes”).

De oorspronkelijke weg werd herbouwd in eclectic style na de opening in 1884 van het Keleti Railway Station.

At the beginning of the 20th century it was one of the most prominent avenues of Budapest along with Andrássy Avenue. In 1906 it was renamed Rákóczi út (Rákóczi Avenue) after Francis II Rákóczi, when his remains returned to Hungary from Turkey and his long funeral march went along the avenue from St. Stephen’s Basilica to Keleti Railway Station.

The first traffic light in Hungary was built at the intersection of Rákóczi Avenue and Grand Boulevard (Blaha Lujza tér) in 1926.

In the 1970s it was widened; the tram tracks were demolished in 1973 due to the grand opening of Metro Line 2 in 1972. Today Rákóczi Avenue is a six-lane arterial road, sometimes described as an urban motorway.

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BUDAPEST  1917 – 2017