Zalár Street public-road bridge

The bridge of the Brothers of Misery, the Fish-market Bridge. The second water-mill of the medieval city surrounded by a wall stood close to today’s bridge, in front of the General’s House. This was a Gunpowder Mill, built by the Turks in 1658, also mentioned by Evlia Cselebi. From the Edelspacher census, we know that the gun-powder mill exploded and burned on 31 July 1691, but was not rebuilt later. The small area at the site of the Gunpowder Mill later functioned as a fish market, with vendors offering fish and frogs from the 18th century up until the beginning of the 20th century.
South of this small square, a small wooden bridge would span the creek in the 18th century. This was the forerunner of the present bridge. Crossing the bridge, to the left we find Herner-house, which was built in the 1750s, for the master brewer, but since 1862, it has been home to the Reformed house of prayer. The Fish Market Bridge was in good condition for many years but it needed to be modernised so in May 1907, Zielinski Office designed a new bridge in its place. The work was executed by Fekete Fülöp, contractor, for 10,000 Crowns. The work progressed rapidly; on 22 July 1907, stress test was performed on the steel-reinforced concrete bridge. However, it could not stand for long as it was also destroyed in 1944. However, it was restored after the war.

 

 

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