Uzhgorod transport bridge may be named after Tomas Masaryk

13 August 2012 16:40  10618870 019371
Uzhgorod transport bridge may be named after Tomas Masaryk

An issue concerning renaming of transport bridge (which links Bohdan Khmelnytsky and Druzhba narodiv squares) after the President of the Czechoslovak Republic Tomáš Masaryk (Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk in Czech, (March 7, 1850 - September 14 1937) - a Czech philosopher, politician and statesman and first president of Czechoslovakia from 1918 to 1935rr.) was raised at the last meeting of scientific and artistic board at Uzhgorod city council.

As stated by a vice-chancellor of UzhNU, a historian Theodore Sandor, this step would be rather appropriate. He told the story of the bridge. Thus, in 1928 Konstantin Grabar, the Mayor of Uzhgorod, offered to build a bridge. In 1935 he strated the bridgee construction already as a governor of the region. In July 1937 the bridge was officially opened. September 15, 1937, the year after the President Masaryk death, it was suggested to name the bridge after the first President of the Czechoslovak Republic,  who facilited the funds allocation. This name existed until the arrival of the Hungarians in 1939. Now the square near the bridge where a bust of the first president was established is named after Masaryk.

Mebers of scientific and artistic board have clearly stated that they do not mind to name the bridge after Masaryk. Therefore, this issue will be raised at the meeting of Uzhgorod city council session.

Tags: Masaryk, bridge, session

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