next legend “Mind the gap”: The overpass at Nyugati tér

A well-known architect was charged with the design of a Budapest overpass.

When it was finished, its two halves didn’t meet at the middle. Legend has it, that the architect committed suicide in despair. According to a different version, the construction workers stole the materials, causing the debacle. Others say the incident is a metaphor of Hungarian-Soviet cooperation. The truth is naturally more complex. According to the architect’s memoirs, the elements of the overpass were assembled one by one, and it did indeed take up its correct form. However, due to the municipality’s impatience, they didn’t wait for the adhesive to bond properly, causing certain elements to disconnect. This created the gap in the middle of the overpass. Some elements had to be removed and put back together again to fix the gap.


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