The neo-gothic pultpit is partiularly nice even if it`s not in use anymore (well, only in a few occasions). You can notice the relief of Christ and the four evangelists on the lower part, while on the upper part there are nice pyrogranite statues.
The gilded wooden side altars are work of the artist Mór Hőltzl.
The left side altar represents Gabriel archangel, while the right one depicts Saint Antony of Padua.
For me the windows of this church represent the highest artistic value. The biggest part of these stained glass windows come from Miksa Róth`s workshop. The others were created by Gida Walther és József Palka.
They represent saints, for example Saint Stephen, Saint Margareth, Saint John, among others. On the nether part of the windows appear the names of those who financiated their creation.
The view of the 4 naves (3 naves+ the cross nave) is really nice! According to the official site of the church, the reconstruction of the internals is at 70%. The difference between the colours of the ceiling of the already refurbished sanctuary and the ceiling of the main nave is very clear and very astonishing too. Just to think about, that 10 years ago the wole church was in this shape, well it`s not pleasant at all. The restaurators currently are working on the walls of the side naves. Unfortunately the church has almost finished it`s money available for the expensive works, so every donation is wellcome!
I used 2 different settings. The real colour of the church internals is somewhere between these 2 settings:)
This off the beaten path church is located in a fantastic place: in the heart of the Népliget (popular park), on a big square. It`s often called the little Basilica of Esztergom due to the undoubtly existing similarity. The word "little" is maybe not the most the most approriate because, altough it doesen`t compete with the biggest cathedral in cental Europe (Esztergom), but it is one of the biggest churches in Budapest. It was built on Jenő Lechner`s projects who was Ödön Lechner`s cousin (see pls. Museum of the applied arts and Geographical museum tips). The zone in wich you find it is called "Tisztviselőtelep"-estate of the functionaries. Wich is one of my favourite places in Pest: cute little eclectic and secessionist houses, trees and and parks. Pity that mostly the tourist don`t know this place.
Behind the church you can find an awesome statue composition, representing the Golgota, and the crucifiction of Christ.
This church is originally medieval and was built in the 1250`s in gothic style.
After the big defeat that the hungarians suffered at Mohács in 1526, the turks came to Pest-Buda and burned up among others also this church. 15 years after the turks occupied Buda, transformed the church and until 1686 it remained Sinan-beg`s mosque.
In 1686 right after the reconquest in this church was celebrated the firs catholic mass. Leopold the I. gave back the church to the fransiscan monks in 1690.
The recontruction in baroque style lasted for several decades and terminated in 1743. On the 21th september of this year the new/old church was reconsacrated.
In 1950-ben a the communists dissipate te franciscan order and so the monks could return here only in 1990.
Just like the biggest part of the franciscan churches, also this one has the tower at the obbosite part to the entrance.
Due to the heavy traffic of the nearby Kossuth street, the church isn`t in very good shape. Fortunately the street will be completely modified and pedestrianized within a couple of years and so this church will not be in a rushy place anymore and also the Ferencziek square where you find it will be once again a calm and lovely place.
The Saint Elisabeth church was built between 1731 and 1757. It`s part of a building complex wich dates back partially to the medieval times. You find here a chloster, a hospital and a twilight home.
5 ears after the liberation of Buda from the turks (in 1686), in 1691 the muslim mosque&chloster wich layed in ruins was given to the fransican monks who started inmediatley the reconstruction. After the dismission of this order (again Joseph the 2nd) the hospital and the church came to the Elisabeth nuns who gave medical attendance to sick people. Originally the church had a much lower tower, but in the IXI. century, to make the cityscape uniform, it recieved an identical pitch ornament to those of the saint Anna`s church.
The tower of the church is still to be renovatd, but all the rest is in fantastic shape-->
When I created my Budapest churches tips I couldn`t decide, wich one to put to the first place. Than I selected this church wich is undoubtly a unique architectual masterpiece. I could have put this church to the off the beaten path tips because you find it in the suburbs, in Kőbánya, wich is surely not the most scenic part of the city. However that little old centre where you find this church is very lovely.
The church was built on plans of the great master, Ödön Lechner, the architect of the Museum of Applied Arts (see things to do tips) and of the Geogrphical institute (see off the beaten path tip).
The consacrtation ceremony was held on Easter 1897. Lechner unified romanesque, gothic renassaince, baroque, persian and of course hungarian folcloristic elements. This makes the Szent László church unique and unparaleled. To be noticed the Zsolnai pyrogranite ceramics wich -like at the Matthias church and other Art neuveau buildings- cover the rooftops, and the Róth Miksa stained glass windows wich were completely restored in 2001. Near the church you find a beautiful sculpture, named the Mother withthe crying baby whos photo I will add later.
Well, maybe this monument is a bit far away from the city centre, but if you`re a fan of the fine ecclesiastical Art, this visit is absolutely recomended.
This chapel has a very long history. Even in the IV.th century stood a cemetery-chapel here. After 1945 when the church was hit by a bomb (the tower had to be reconstructed) the archeologists found rests of this so called Cella Trichora, say early christian chapel. After the destruction of this ancient chapel, in the XI.th century the inhabitants of that period built another one of wich only the founds remained. When, in 1711 the plague slaughtered the biggest part of the population in Pest, in 1711 they rebuilt this chapel in baroque style wich was modified in 1741 as a thanksgiving: in fact, the new pestilence, in 1739-1740 didn`t hit Pest-Buda.
In 1838, altough the chapel is quite far away from the Danube, the water inundated it and as a memorial(see pic number 4), you can find a stone on the facade, on wich there is indicated the level of the water on th 15 march 1838- it`s almost incredible, what a terrible flood it was!
To enjoy the beauties of this terrific baroque church internal, wich is the biggest of all the similar churches in Budapest it`s necessary that the lights are swiched on. Otherwise it`s simply too dark.
The altars, the columns made by different kinds of marbles, the richly ornated wooden pulpit (work of monk Félix) make this church the most famous and most munumental baroque church in Budapest. also the internals have to be refurbished. I hope that after the renovation it will be much more luminous.
Even the famous austrian baroque painter, Franz Anton Maulbertch worked on the decoration of this church (see also my Vác travel page).
In the church You find one big nave with a couple of side altars.
The painting of main altar priginally represented the lapidation of martyr saint Stephen (not identical to the hungarian king), but it was destroyed in 1945, like the one of the Kapucinus church. It was repainted by Lajos Márton. The altar itself, Henrik Jager János`s work fortunatley could be saved.
The organ dates back to 1843 and it was created by the austrian Johann Lojb.
Favorite thing: In the period of the New years eve 2005-2006 I had 3 guests from Sicily and I showed them the Roses square and this church in an evening. They asked me, why this marvellous church wasn`t illuminated. I told them it would probably change soon. Sincerely I wasn`t convinced at all, but I considered that in the past 10 years many churches had got lit up. And in 2007 my prophecy came true: the illumination was set up and in the evening this church is just incredibly beautiful!
Also this greek catholic church was initially roman catholic. It was built by Győző Czigler as the Erzsébetváros (the name of the VII.th district) parish church. The construction finished in 1881.
The church soon became simply too little for the fast growing population of the district and it was necessary to built a much bigger one(see my Saint Elisabeth church tip). The greek catholic church recieved the church in 1905.
The Fő street is the richest street in churches in Budapest: You find here 5 churches. The saint Flórián chapel was built by a rich bakerman, Antal Christ between 1750 and 1753. Until 1920 it was a catholic church but than the greek catholic church recieved it. In 1937 the church, like the neighbourhood was elevated by 1 metre to avoid future inundations. The internals are beautiful!
You find this church next to the Király thermal bath.
On these images you can see the splendid side altars and the baroque pulpit.
Th pulpit represents scenes about Saint Augustinus`s life. This saint was the premontrei (called also augustians order`s most important. The altars have been modificated-replaced several times during the decades and also the church internals have been modificated but the one you see is in a very homogenuos baroque/neobaroque style.
The neo-baroque cistercitan Szent Imre church was built on Gula Rend Wälder`s plans between 1936 and 1938. You can see this churchalso in my off the beaten patch tip: in fact, it`s situated at the Feneketlen tó (Lake without a bed) and watching it from the other side of the lake (it`s also illuminated in the evenings) it very scenic!
The church has 3 naves.
the main altar represents the scene when Saint Imre, Saint Stephen`s son offers himself to Virgin Mary. The altar painting was created by István Takács while the gided neobaroque wooden statues (Saint Stephen, Saint Margareth and Saint Leslie) are Béla Markup`s work.