Budapest ismeretlen legendái

Budapest ismeretlen legendái 1. - A Thököly út titokzatos hölgye és a Lánchíd oroszlánjai

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Következő sorozatunkban Budapest kevésbé ismert legendáival fogunk megismerkedni. Az első részben egy rejtélyes Thököly úti szoborról és a Lánchíd oroszlánjairól lesz szó. 

There is always a lot to discover in Budapest since every corner provides something special, unique and breath-taking. Thanks to our fantastic capital that offers a scenic view over the Danube, more and more tourists visit Hungary, and most of them do not even know what incredible legends circulate about our famous or less known sights, reports Lobu.hu.

Here is a collection of the most unusual stories and the truth lying behind them. So, let us immerse ourselves in history. The history of Budapest dates back to long centuries during which a handful of legends came to life. As it usually happens, it was particular people who started to spread them, but the rumour started to live its own life. From this article, you can figure out what gave basis to the legends about some of the sights in the capital and what the truth is behind them.

Thököly Street and the mysterious woman

If you walk with open eyes in Thököly Street and admire the buildings, you can see a figure of a woman looking into the distance from the balcony. According to locals, during World War I, a young couple lived in the building who were separated by the war. The man went to the front to fight while his wife waited for him in their home, every day. She was looking out of the balcony leaning on her elbows waiting for her husband to arrive.

However, at that time, the Spanish flu infected millions of people in Hungary and the young woman was no exception to the deadly epidemic. She became seriously ill; still, despite her illness, she was on the balcony every day hoping to see her beloved one. According to the legend, it is here that she died.

It is the irony of fate that the husband arrived from the front right on the next day, but he only found his dead wife on the balcony. He set up a statue to honour his lady for her loyalty and walled up the door of the balcony so that nobody could even step into that place.

The Chain Bridge and its lions

Many legends are circulating about the lions sitting on both sides of the Chain Bridge. The most well-known legend holds that the lions have no tongue due to which the sculptor, János Marschalkó, was humiliated and being much ashamed, he eventually committed suicide by jumping into the Duna.

In fact, this is not true at all, since the lions have their tongues, but they were deliberately made invisible to the passers-by from the level of the pavement. The sculptor, also known for working on the sculptures of the Vigadó and the MTA, confirmed this news. For those who made fun of him, he responded ironically: “Would that your wife had such a tongue as my lions!” 

source: Dailynewshungary 

Vocabulary

to discover

felfedezni

to provide

lehetővé tenni, biztosítani

unique

egyedülálló, egyedüli

breath-taking

lélegzetelállító

scenic view

fantasztikus látvány

unusual

szokatlan

to immerse

belemerülni

to date back to

valamikorra vezethető vissza

a handful of

egy maréknyi

to come to life

életre kelni

to spread

terjedni, terjeszteni

rumour

pletyka, mendemonda

to figure out

kitalálni, megtudni

to admire

csodálni

according to

valami szerint

the Spanish flu

spanyolnátha

exception

kivétel

despite

valami ellenére

beloved

szeretett

to set up a statue

szobrot állítani

to honour

megemlékezni, tiszteletét leróni

to wall up the door

befalazni az ajtót

to circulate

keringeni

tongue

nyelv

sculptor

szobrász

to be humiliated

megalázva lenni

to feel ashemed

szégyellni magát

to commit suicide

öngyilkosságot elkövetni

deliberately

szándékosan

passer-by

járókelő

pavement

járda

sculpture

szobor

to make fun of somebody

kigúnyolni valakit

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