Széchenyi baths, Budapest, 2006
Széchenyi baths, Budapest, 2006
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Széchenyi baths, Budapest, 2006

David Levene

Men play chess while submerged in the hot, mineral-rich waters of the Széchenyi thermal baths in Budapest, Hungary. Bathing has been a tradition in the city since Roman times, although these opulent, neo-baroque baths were built in 1913. Bathing serves an important social purpose in the country, with people coming together to chat and, often, play chess. The game is a significant part of Hungarian culture and is even included in school curriculums. The Guardian photographer David Levene went to Budapest in 2006, as part of a series documenting cities in the summer. His picture captures the players’ concentration, their leathered, sun-baked skin and the palatial surroundings.


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