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“Free Organ Concert” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Church of St. Anne (Szent Anna Templom)

Church of St. Anne (Szent Anna Templom)
Batthyany Ter 7, Budapest 1011, Hungary (Belváros-Lipótváros)
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Ranked #145 of 404 things to do in Budapest
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Owner description: Constructed between 1740-1762, the baroque house of worship enchants with its elegant exterior, wonderful high altar statues and a magnificent oval-domed ceiling fresco by Pál Molnar.
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“Free Organ Concert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

The church's interior is lovely, although the reason I gave it high marks is that on Sundays (at least in summer) at 5 PM, "emerging" and established organists give recitals. Yesterday's featured JS Bach, Buxdehude, Franck, and Dupre, lasting over an hour. Easy to find at Batthenyi ter metro stop (M2-red).

Visited August 2012
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“Baroque in Buda”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

I will admit off the bat that I have not been inside the Church of St. Anne, so I can only comment on the exterior. It represents one of the few surviving Baroque churches in Budapest, and is quite beautiful.

The Church is in Batthyanyi ter, which is directly across the Danube from the Parliament Building, so there is a terrific view, as well as plenty of benches and places to relax. Batthyanyi is also the square from which you can catch the train to Szentendre, and it's not far from Castle Hill, so it would be possible to take in the church while exploring other areas of Budapest and its environs. There are other churches, such a the Calvinist Church with its colored tile roof, and St. Francis Wounds, nearby, so it's also possible to take a little self-devised walking tour of the churches of Buda and take this one in on your walk.

The exterior of the church is very pretty. I often think Budapest's history can be well understood by studying or taking note of the varying architectural forms you find in its churches and public buildings. It may seem that Secessionist (Hungary's version of Art Nouveau) architecture reigns, but dig a little deeper and you will find a range of different styles from different periods, and St. Anne's is a terrific example of this. These surviving architectural forms allow you to understand the various transformations Budapest went through over the years.

I would not necessarily say visiting St. Anne's is a highlight of Budapest, so if your time is limited other places such as the Central Market, the Jewish Quarter, the Szechenyi Bridge, Castle Hill, and the Basilica of St. Istvan, should obviously take precedence. If you do have a little extra time, however, and are in the area, St. Anne's is a lovely place to visit while making a tour of this area of Buda. (From its steps you can get some lovely pictures of Parliament too!)

Visited October 2011
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“excellent part of a walking tour on the Buda side”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2009

St. Anne's should be a stop if you like old churches and walking tours. Walk the Danube shore and you will find a great market by St. Anne's and a fine view of Pest and Parliament.

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