Budapest churches, Budapest
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As a big fan of the baroque architecture for me surely this is the most impressive church internal in Budapest.
Here is a video of the internals which I made at the same time when I shot these photos
To be noticed the big chrystal chandeliers wich hang on very long chains. Sometimes you can have the impression that one of them will fall on somebdy`s head in the next moment. But if this didn`t happen in the past c.ca 250 years, why should it happen now?:)
Also this church suffered some damages in the second world war, but far not as much as some others in the city. For example the original altar painting, Mátyás Schervitz`s work, had to be replaced with a new one, made by Győző Fáy in 1954, but most of the internal decorations (in baroque,rococo and copf styles) are original.
This is the biggest baroque church in budapest. It was built by the Paulita order and by many called the most beautiful. The church-wich also needs a complete, both external and internal-renovation, is incorporated in the Eötvös Lóránt university (here is an archive image from the period when the University wasn`t built yet and the eastern facade still could be seen) and on the opposite side it has an own chloster building. You can notice the two tall towers from a big distance (an advice: approach it from the nearby Károly garden from wich there is a splendid view of the church).
The paulita monks took more than 50 years (1725-76) to built this church and they didn`t spare the marble and the gold to decorate it.
After the dismission of the paulita order (yes, again Joseph the second) it was interconnected to the usinversity.
To be noticed the stirring I.st word war memorial relief on the facade.
Also the 4 not really big, but very nice ceiling frescos are worthy of note.
Even though they are not originals: they were not painted in the period when the church was built, but only in the 1920`s.
Nevertheless, their neaobaroque style is in a perfect harmony with the internals!
Sadly we cannot see any ceiling fresco in the sanctuary. Those, created by Mátyás Schervitz in the 1760`s, haven`t survived the centuries and were never repainted.
Originally this church wich you find at half way between the Margareth bridge and Aquincum was built in 1705 by the local german colony, but it was completely rebuilt between 1746-1766 Kristóf Hamon's an Máté Nepauer's plans. The main altar was built by Hickisch Kristóf in 1799. The church was transformed by Miklós Ybl in 1877. This reconstruction was necessary also because in 1875 the church suffered grave damages in a storm.
(well, it's not that kind of tip, but just try the bakery near the church-it's simply faboulous, with loads of fantastic cookies and things like that:) )
My favourite altar painting in this church is the not so big one that represents saint Charles Milan`s archbishop who saved and cured the sick people during the plague. This painting is Gergely Vogl`s work while the frame was designed by Károly Bebó.
The Kiscelli altar was moved here from the nearby Kiscelli chloster wich today is a museum.
The other altars are the Maria hilf, the Saint Julianne and the Saint Anne altar.
This cute church was one of the first ones wich were built after the liberation of Pest-Buda from the turks. The constructors were serbian ortodox settlers and the works lasted for 3 years (between 1695 and 1698). This church was completely revised and rebuilt in 1731, while the bell tower was erected in 1752.
It`s surrounded by a wall and this didn`t chancge during the decdes-centuries. Unlike the neighbourhood! Until the middle of the XVIII. century this church stood alone. Then, when the eclectic innercity was built, this church wich had dominated this part of the city almost disappeared.
To visit the church you must pay a tiny admittance fee (1 EUR or stg.-as far as I remember). You can see some lovely icons wich were saved from the other serbian church, in the Tabán district wich was destroyed in the WWII.
Just take a look at the other buildings of the Szerb street-they have really nice facades!
This church was built by the dominicans. They initiated the edification of the church and the chloster in 1700 wich lasted for 1716, but the original church was destroyed by a fire. In the second fase (1720-1730) the monks constructed the nave, while in the third (1745-1765 ) they finished building the choir, the westry, the tower and the facades. The church was damaged by different infaust events: in 1809 the tower and the rooftop were detroyed in a fire and had to be rebuilt, while in 1838 the Danube mad some damages but soon it was repaired.
The external part of the church was refurbished recently, but the internal renovations...-->
The interior of the church is beautiful, and these tiny resolution and quite dark pics cannot give back the real splendour.
The church internal is very spacious and has 3 naves. The stained glass windows are amazing: they represent saints of the Árpdian dynasty other scenes from Saint Margareth`s life. Also the frescos on the walls, created by Henrik Heintz depict the saint, while those in the sanctuary show the 12 apostles.
The main altar, made by Siklós marble (Hungary`s best quality marble) is work of the artist Lajos Krausz.
Favorite thing: -->...well, those will surely last for a while. When in the previous reconstruction occured, between 1964-1968, due to the not sufficient available funds the ceiling and wall frescos were all overpainted and these baroque masterpieces are currently mostly overed by a painting strate. The internal renovation began in 1999 and the main altar and the ceiling in the sanctuary have already been restored to their original beauty. Now the restaurators are working on the vestry walls. The restoration of the ceiling paintings will be effectuated in the next years.
The rococo pulpit is one of the most famous ones in Budapest and well deserved it`s fame. This is the most spectacular part of the church. Very richly ornated and covered by gold.
The lover part represents the Faith (praying women) Hope (Lady with child) and Charity (a pigeon).
We can also see the figure of maria Magdalena and an angel (on the top).
Thei pulpit was created by the sculptor Károly Bebó.
Here is another splendid baroque church internal.
Also this church has only one big nave with lovely side altars on both sides.
The only difference is that there is no painting on the main altar. Originally there was one but in 1884 this painting (wich represented Saint Peter and Paul) was replaced with the Jesus sculpture and the statues of the two saints, Saint Peter with the keys Paul with the sword.
The rest of the altair was created in 1774.
Well, I took these photos only through the window. As soon as I get in I add others and much betters than these ones. In fact, you can easily enter to the church, but the biggest part is mostly closed.
The inside of the church is maybe not as spectacular as in other churches, with less gold but in this way it represents better the life of the and the austere mudus vivendi the monks assumed to adapt to.
The church has only one nave with different nice side altars among the one that represents Saint Francis (József Falconer`s work).
The main altar (painted originally by Mátyás Schervitz) sadly was destroyed in the second world war and it was repainted by Gyõzõ Fáy in 1954.
As you can see the photo number 4, on the left side of the nave there is a typical turkish ornament wich is really funny in a catholic church:)
The main altar represents Mary and Elisabeth`s meeting, and it was created by József Falconer a swiss painter. The sculptures were made by Frigyes Held.
The pulpit (1747-48) was brought here in 1774 from the Clarissa church in the Buda castle, transformed to a theatre by Joseph the 2nd, while the Saint Anna altar was trasported from the Matthias church 5 years later, in 1779. The side altars were created thanks to the donation of the "újlakian" citisens.
They represent St. Joseph, St. Florian, Saint Antony and Virgin Mary.
The organ wich I couldn`t photograph this time was built by the Rieger manufactory in 1905 and it is the last part of the church still to put right.
Today, on the 17th of april 2008 I finally could get inside the Újlaki church. I was literally amazed!
This internal is fantastic! Furthermore I think that this church is in the best shape of all the baroque ones in Budapest: it was completely refurbished recently.
The internals are very luminous so by day you can see clearly every single details and take photos without flash even when the lights are swiched off. Some of the other churches (like the church of the University) haven`t got this advantage.