The statue of count István Széchenyi

Budapest

István Széchenyi (21 September 1791, Vienna-8 April 1860, Döbling) the initiator and most important figure of the national liberal reform movement, in Lajos Kossuth’s words “the greatest Hungarian”. Among other things, he brought horse racing to Hungary, donated a year’s income from his lands to lay down the basis for the Hungarian Academy of Science, and established the National Casino. He also took part in the launch of steam boating on the Danube, established one of the first large industrial factories in Pest – the shipyard in Óbuda – along with a winter harbour.

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