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Did you know that Budapest is only 140 years old? Before that, it used to be three separated settlements, Pest, Buda and Óbuda. They united in 1873. So every year in November we celebrate the birthday of modern Budapest. This date was unbelievebly important in the history of the capital. From then everything has changed. The number of inhabitants increased rapidly, so Budapest has became a real metropolis in only 30 years. Thousands of multi-story blocks has been built in this period, hospitals, schools, firms has became the part of the downtown, and by 1900 the population of Budapest approached the present number of its inhabitants. Modern public transportation, new bridges over the Danube, great theaters, elegant hotels, fancy bars and cosy retaurants, beautiful girls, famous writers, talented artists – this was Budapest at the end of the 19th century. With no doubt this was the center of the world – as it is today, isn’t it?

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