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Budapest from Gellert Hill
On November 20 1873, the rival cities of Buda (on the west bank of the Danube) and Pest (on the east bank) united to form Budapest, the new capital city of Hungary.
Budapest Metro Line 1
1896 marked the millenium of the country and many celebratory projects were commissioned around the country. In Budapest, the first underground railway on mainland Europe was built, running the length of Andrassy Street, a 2.8Km (1.9 miles) boulevard on the Pest side to the city park (Varosliget). It took some 2000 workers less than 2 years to complete and the line was inaugurated by Franz Josef. The 1970's saw a revamp of the line with extensions and new rolling stock and it is now 4.4Km (2.75 Miles) in length.