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    Am I in Lourdes ?

    by sourbugger Written Apr 27, 2005

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    In the cave church

    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.

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    Monastry

    by ruubje Written Apr 1, 2005

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    Monastry

    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.

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    The Cave Church

    by dustmon Updated Jul 3, 2010

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    This is in Budapest very close to the Gellert Hotel and the bridge going over the Danube at that intersection. This ruin(?), Originally a home for St Istvan, is set directly into the rock face and is just amazing looking---Thanks to the VT top-Budapest reviewer antistar, I now know that it is open daily 9-8PM except during services...Walk a little ways out onto the bridge for a great photo op....

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    Gellert Hill-cave

    by illumina Updated Jan 16, 2010

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    Gellert hill contains a whole network of caves, of which this is only one part. It was supposedly the home of a hermit monk, who used the natural thermal waters (which now feed the Gellert baths) to heal.

    In the 1920s it became a chapel run by a group of Pauline monks.

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    Walk Uphill to Cave Church then to WWII site

    by zuhur Written Mar 31, 2008

    From the Gellner, walk uphill. I walked with a friend, apparently the absolutely overwhelming graffiti are the work of "idle youth" (so said the newspaper), so that put me off on walking around alone. Very steep path up a small mountain. The first stop is a Cave Church - right up there with my favorite Bone Church in Rome. Somewhat of a 1920s feeling inside, perhaps when it was refurbished. Gives one a hint of the revival of Catholicism in Hungary.

    Keep walking up and around -- great views of the river -- then you will reach the huge statues you can see from below. Lots of tourist stands, a few shops and a WWII era space with some aircraft and walls of a stadium.

    If you walk back down again to the right and back towards Gellner you'll go through a very nice residential area, but again, I noted chains and padlocks, things are locked up tight.
    As we got back down to a business district, we were totally lost -- which made for a nice long walk back again to the music college which was a signal that the hotel was nearby. This seemed to be a more real-live business area than the fancier parts on the Pest side - but again, tons of graffitti, some broken windows at the garage level. I went in a little supermarket to see what kinds of foods are available - lots of herb teas, cheeses, yoghurts, baked sweets.

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    Cave church

    by mindcrime Written Dec 16, 2012
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    Cave church (Sziklatemplom) is a strange catholic church dedicated to St.Istvan that dates from 1926.
    The weird thing about it is the fact that it’s actually a cave on Gellert Hill that was turned into a church by the order of Pauline monks!

    The cave was the home of Saint Istvan a hermit monk that supposed to use the thermal waters near the cave to cure people. The church was created in 1926 when the cave was expanded. During the communist era it was closed (actually a 2m thick wall blocked the entrance!) but opened again in 1989 and it is still an active church with masses etc. Not much to see inside except some statues and the beautiful altar but just outside the church is a statue of Saint Istvan holding a church (pic 3), at least this is a great spot for some photo shots :)

    Mass takes place at 8.30am, 17.00 and 20.00 during the week and 8.30am, 11.00am, 17.00 and 20.00 during Sunday. Tourists are not permitted in the church during mass.

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    On your way to the baths...

    by Lhenne1 Written Sep 14, 2006
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    Near the Gellert Hotel is the Cave Church. Though we didn't get to see all the way inside because a service was going on and we didn't want to disturb (rather, we weren't allowed in, guess you can't late to church in Hungary).

    The church is designed after the chapel in Lourdes, Portugal. Closed by communist soldiers, the church was reopened in the late 80's and still in operation today.

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    Cave Church (Sziklakápolna)

    by astro_kerryn Written Mar 15, 2005

    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.

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    Chapel in the Cave

    by frankcanfly Updated Mar 1, 2006

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    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.

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    Cave Church

    by ChrisnJan Written Nov 12, 2006

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    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.

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    Gellert Hill: Cave Chapel

    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 23, 2007

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    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.

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    Mystic Place

    by metallemon Written Dec 13, 2006

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    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.

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    by Mirellaboer Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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!

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