Cave Chapel, Budapest
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Opposite of the Gellert Bath 25 m above the river Danube level in the Gellert Hill there is a large cave which is one of the unique of Budapest.
It has named St Istvan's cave after a hermit who has cured sick people went on a pilgrimage to him with thermal water which sprung in front of his cave. The original cave, which consisted a hollow entrance room and connecting niches, were rebuilt into a church in 1925. Its model was the cave of Lourdes, France. Directly next to Hotel Gellért, this chapel was carved into the rock of Gellért Hill.
It was built in 1931, the communist regime had the entrance bricked up in 1951, but it was reopened in 1989.
The Pest side of Budapest was named after this cave. In the Middle Ages The Slavic name of the (Gellert) Hill was Pest Hill after the large cave. The word "Pest" means cave or oven.
The 'cave' church serviced by a monastic order connected to St Paul has become one of the 'must sees' in Budapest.
Entry is via a kind of 'entrance cave' at the foot of the Gellert hill opposite the Gellert hotel.
The series of caves (not created for the church originally) form a very atmospheric surroundings for a holy place.
Obviously inspired by Lourdes, the place was boarded up during the communist era. Nowadays, it is increasingly popular with news artworks being added every now and then.
I especiallly liked he 'Theba Altar', which is a replica of a 4th century cave sanctuary found by Hungarian archeologists in 1997 in a desert near Theba, Egypt. They believe it was built to honour St. Paul, the patron saint of the Pauline brothers, who lived as a hermit in the Theba desert in the 3rd century. A St. Paul relic (a piece of his bone) is kept above the altar.
Make sure you also see the statue to our lady of Hungary.
Regular opening hours, although you can't wander about during services. FREE.
Buda has a funny monastry. Build in a cave, the monastry is a prefect place for monks to be in the middle of the city and at the same time they can hide from all the worldly things.
I didn't particularly like the interior design, but maybe that's just my taste. But I liked the solution of making a monastry in a mountain though. I mean, in Hungary there is also no desert where you can live a monastic life.
The Cave Church of Gellért Hill was founded in 1924 following a pilgrimage of Pauline monks to Lourdes. The chapel was consecrated on Whit Sunday 1926, and Pauline monks performed their duties here for 17 years. At midnight on Easter Monday 1951, the Hungarian secret police (IVH) broke into the chapel, arresting the entire order. The superior Ferenc Vezér was condemned to death, the others condemned to five to 10-year prison sentences, and the chapel blocked up with a 2.25m-thick concrete wall. It was not until August 27, 1989, that the chapel was reopened, although the demolition of the concrete wall was not finished until 1992. The revived Pauline Order now counts some 10 friars.
This Church was very bizarre, its worth going just for the good views of the city.
The Cave Church is found on Gellert Hill. The Church which is constucted right into the side of the mountain is well worth the hike up Gellert Hill. It is amazing and a must see.
The chapel was built in 1931 sermons were delivered in 1948. The chapel was closed communist-dominated government in 1951, and was reopened only in 1989.
Just above Gellért Square, as you start heading up towards the top of Gellert Hill, there's a sort of rock balcony. The balcony leadsto a little chapel carved into the rocks of the hill; at the back of the chapel (which means deep inside the rock) there's a door: open it and see a truly amazing rock chuch. It was built in 1931 - only to be closed and walled-up 20 years later by the communis Regime. As soon as it fell (1989) the church was re-opened and made it functional again.
We walked over the bridge and climbed
a bit up the 'Géllert mountain'.
That mountain is named after a bishop
The previous picture is taken from there.
You will have a fantastic vieuw on the freedom bridge.
And there is also the Chapel.
There isn't that much to see , but worth
a short visit. This used to be the chapel connected
undergroud with a monastery.
They where removed in 1950 and the men
who where left forced to do labour.
The chapel got ceiled. They simplypaved
it with bricks. In 1989 they gave it all back
to the order.
Whilst conducting the 'Budapest as quick as you can tour' we visited the Church cave on the Gellert Hill- next to the Gellert Hotel.
The church was founded in 1924 by the Pauline monks. In 1951 the Hungarian secret police broke into the chapel and arrested the entire order of Pauline monks (the superior Ferenc Vezer was condemned to death, the others to 5 - 10 year prison sentences).
The chapel was then blocked up with a 2.25 m thick concrete wall until 1989 when communisim became part of the past.
This church silently stood empty in the hillside for nearly forty years waiting for the outside world to be given back it's freedom of speech.
The church isn't particularly old or large but it has a wonderful atmosphere and the silence was very calming.
Located near the base of Gellert Hill opposite Gellert baths is this interesting chapel carved into the rock of the hill. There is some information about the chapel's history near the entrance.
That small chapel in the cave is definetelly a mystic place. The atmosphere travelled me away. It's a place where you can feel really calm.
This amazing little church was established in a holy grotto, for the Pauline monks in 1926. Be sure to take a look while you are in the area, it is well worth a visit.
The Chapel in the cave is simply that: a small chapel. If it is open, you are allowed to walk inside to witness what they're created here. We tiptoed in because there was a small service in progress.
I was really impressed by this church, not because it was so pretty, but more because of the atmosphere. It was so peacefull and beautifull!