We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Unimpressed” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cave Church

Cave Church
Szent Gellert ter 1, Budapest 1114, Hungary
20 7752472
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #101 of 424 things to do in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Dorchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Unimpressed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The Church was peaceful and well kept but we expected a cave not somewhere with concrete sprayed on the walls to hide wiring for all the lights etc. We called in as we were walking past and were pleased we hadn't made a special trip. Agree it wasn't expensive. The audio was a bit odd.

Visited February 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

233 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    68
    105
    44
    11
    5
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Tehran, Iran
Level Contributor
251 reviews
218 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“trekking”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Are you ready to trekking to see some thing average? if yes,this place is built for you. Other than the history of religion during Communism the church just worth a visit.

Visited March 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Level Contributor
1,549 reviews
1,312 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 911 helpful votes
“Unique (yet a bit claustrophobic).”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

This is a unique church, which is carved inside the hill.
The place is not big, and with the numerous people inside, the experience was almost overwhelming and claustrophobic.
Still, a lovely little church, which is worth the 2 Euros entrance fee.

Visited July 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ESSEX
Level Contributor
34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“a wonderful experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

we spotted this little church whilst out on a walk sightseeing from the hotel. we stumbled across what looked like a castle ruin in the cliff at first, but on closer viewing we realised it was in fact a church. we went in to explore and paid around 2 pound entry fee for a donation. we were given headphones to give us information on the church we was interesting and informative. as we walked round in silence we were amazed at this very well kept place of worship. mouths dropped open at the wonder and pure amazement of this beautiful church. it is simply what it says - a church in a cave. its just beautiful. a short walk and tour round but I cannot say enough how this really is a must see place. beautiful.

Visited January 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
136 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
“History Creates the Wonder”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

As with so many places in Budapest, a natural reaction of wonder at some places turns into awe when you hear the story behind them.

The Cave Church, which is located across the street from Gellert and up the wide, paved path in the hill just a bit is a supreme example of this.

The church was originally a hermit's cave, then home to some peasants, then carved further into the church by Pauline monks. It was used as a field hospital for the Nazi army at one point, and then in 1951 it was cemented over by the Communists. The monks were arrested and the order's superior was condemned to death.

The Cave Church was reopened when the USSR fell and its satellite nations became independent.

The church itself is unique - a cave where worship still takes place today. The rock is definitely rock, the sensation of being in a cave is always with you. Instead of covering the natural curve and definition of the place with boards or paint, the church is created within the natural confines.

It is impressive, and the weight of history is embedded in the walls.

We visited with two teenagers and a 10-year-old boy, all of whom thought it was interesting and unusual and who were very interested in the history as well.

For those who are fidgety, the hill outside the Cave Church has steep walking paths and parks for children. The walk up also includes a gorgeous view of the Danube.

Visited December 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Cave Church also viewed

Budapest, Central Hungary
Budapest, Central Hungary
 

Been to Cave Church? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Cave Church, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.