Inner City Parish Church - Belvarosi Plebaniatemplom, Budapest
The Franciscan Church in Budapest is located in the city centre, just off the Vaci Utca shopping street.
This is not the first church on the site, but one built in the 18th century. I thought the Church was closed, lucky I saw a gentleman go and try the door, and then disappear inside.
Inside was a baroque High Altar which was preserved from the original furnishings. There were many richly decorated side altars, wall paintings and ceiling frescoes.
When I walked outside, I noticed the coat of arms of the Franciscan Order and attractive ironwork above the entrance door and on the side windows of the church. On the exterior wall (Kossuth Lajos street) is a bronze relief commemorating Baron Wesselényi, who saved numerous people from drowning during the great flood of 1838. Other statues were of St Peter of Alcantara, St Francis and St Anthony.
If your lucky, you may be here for one of the FREE CHURCH CONCERTS.
Infront of the Church, is the pretty Naiad Fountain.
Inner City Parish Church (Belvárosi Plébániatemplom) is an old parish actually, actually this is the oldest building on the Pest side!
The church was built in early 14th century (during king Stephen reign) in gothic style replacing a Romanesque church on the same spot….by the way this was the spot where St.Gellert was buried.
It seems due to numerous renovations you can barely notice any medieval elements on the exterior and the Great Fire on 1723 caused a lot of damages, so the church had to be reconstructed and some baroque elements were added (the main gate is in typical baroque style). But we liked the church during the night too when it’s litted (pic 3).
Once inside we noticed some nice corners with some paintings, a good looking altarpiece but I have to admit this isn’t the best church you will see in Budapest. An interesting trivia is that the church was turned into a mosque during the ottoman occupation that why you can still see a mihrab inside (it’s next to the altarpiece).
There’s no entrance fee but donations are welcomed.
In front of the church is a small square (March 15) with some monuments.
This isn't the most beautiful church in Budapest, but history-wise, it's one of the most relevant so it's still worth dropping by for a quick visit, especially since there is no entrance fee. Dating back to the 14th century, this Gothic church is the oldest building on the Pest side of the city. It was built to replace a former 12th century Romanesque church, parts of which were included in the design of the new church and can still be seen today (if you look carefully, you'll see some frescoes on the walls). Both churches were built on this particular site because it is where St. Gellert was buried The church was badly damaged during the Great Fire of 1723, and some Baroque elements were added during its restoration. It was also damaged during World War II, which resulted in the construction of a new altar in 1948.
This is a pretty little church on the Pest side of the Danube near the Elizabeth Bridge (Erszébet Híd). There is no admission charge but there is a box for donations if you wish to give. There are some interesting and attractive paintings and decorations around the church but it isn't as over the top as some catholic churches often are. I'm told that there is an Ottoman mihrab (prayer niche indicating the direction of Mecca) left from the days when the church was a mosque during the Turkish occupation. Unfortuantely we didn't get to see it ourselves as it was alleged to be near the alter and a service was just starting so we felt it might be inappropriate to walk up and start taking pictures!
The Inner City Church is the oldest building on the Pest side of Budapest, and is home to the grave of Saint Gellert (he of the towering hill on the opposite side of the river). The church currently on the site was built in the 14th century in the Gothic style, but it has been renovated many times since and has lost much of its original medieval appeal. The Inner City Church is notable in that it was almost torn down in order to build the Erzsebet Bridge. However, a designer ultimately came up with a creative new plan that resulted in the end of the bridge winding around the church. On the hop-on, hop-off bus the tour guide reported that the church was moved several feet in order to accommodate the construction of the bridge, but nothing I can find online indicates this is true... an urban legend in the making?
The Inner City Calvinist Church (Református templom) is located on Kalvin square and was just outside the hotel i stayed in (Mercure Korona).
The church was built in the 19th century in Neo-Gothic style.
In the middle of the city , close to Elisabeth bridge you can see this church.
A very big church that is one of the oldest buildings in Pest - Became a mosque during the Turkish reign , one of the tower destroyed during the war.
There are Baroque and Gothic elements in the church.
As you approach the Inner City Parish Church you will be impressed with its massive size. The exterior of the church seems like it is in much need of restoration.
The original large gothic structure is the oldest building in Pest and was constructed during King Istvan's reign on the burial site of St. Gellert. The church was used as a mosque during reign of the Turk's. The original church was damaged during the "Great Fire" and was then later partly rebuilt in the Baroque style.
The interior of the church has some wonderful neo-classical elements along with gothic structures, a Turkish Paryer Niche and some wonderful frescos.
The Inn Parish Church is on the Pest side and at the end of the Elizabeth Bridge. At one time it was scheduled to be demolished to make way for the bridge but fortunately after much protest, it was saved and it is today the oldest church in Budapest. Built in the 12th century, it was almost completely rebuilt on two occasions during the 14th century and again during the 18th century.
There is evidence of when the Turks occupied the city and used the mosque. To the right of the main altar is a carved Muslim prayer alcove.
The Belvarosi Templom has got a only one navate with acute arches, at the entrance of the church you can see that it was built with a baraque style and at the end it was built with a gothic style. On the sides of the navate there are nice chapels with Rinascimental red altars (1507). In this Church on 4 February 1872 Liszt directed the Missa Cholaris number 4.
The Belvarosi Templom is one of the anciest buildings of Pest. It was built in a Romanic shape in 13th century thanks to Gergely Babocsai. During the Turkish invasion it became a mosque and it was restored in 18th century with a baroque style. It was very damage during the Second War World but a very good restauration made in 1980, lead the church to its original magnificent and beauty.
As you continue walking along the Danube, when you get to the Elizabeth Bridge and look left, you will see the Inner City Parish Church. This is the oldest building in Pest. It was built in the 14th century and was used as a mosque under Turkish rule. It was partly destroyed in a fire in 1723 and later rebuilt.
One small section of the church has a Turkish prayer niche in the direction of Mecca. It is one of the last remnants of Turkish occupation in Budapest, as the Habsburgs destroyed almost everything else. Also pay attention to the wooden pulpit.
The church is open daily.
The BELVÁROSI PLÉBÁNIA TEMPLOM dates back to the 12th century, epitomizing almost every architectural style. This house of worship served as a mosque during Budapest’s years of Turkish occupation. The existing façade and two Baroque towers were added during the 18th century, followed later by a splendid winged triptych and a rococo. Franz Liszt hosted musical Sundays nearby in the mid 1800’s, which often began in this oldest building in Pest. Amoung the numerous masses that Liszt held in this building was the fist performance of Missa Choralis in Budapest.