Belvarosi Nagyboldogasszony Foplebaniatemplom

Belvarosi Nagyboldogasszony Foplebaniatemplom, Budapest

Belvarosi Nagyboldogasszony Foplebaniatemplom

Belvarosi Nagyboldogasszony Foplebaniatemplom
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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History of the Inner-City Parish Church Budapest The foundations of the church lie partly on the remains of a Roman building. A military fortification, Contra Aquincum, used to stand on what is now Március 15 Square with the commander’s room stretching beneath today’s church. Archaeological excavations between 2014 and 2016 revealed the remains of a stone building with many separate rooms and brick flooring, part of which could be heated. The fort commander’s room was actively used until the middle of the 4th century. The ditch in the centre of the room was part of the hypocaust. In the 11th and 12th centuries the stones of the Roman fort were reused to build a Romanesque church, whose original foundation walls are still visible today in the crypt. The church was then converted in the 12th century. A wall of the church erected at that time is preserved in the northern tower and is the largest extant Romanesque wall in Budapest.
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Neighborhood: Belváros-Lipótváros
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  • Ferenciek tere • 4 min walk
  • Vörösmarty tér • 7 min walk
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel32,284 contributions
Still uninteresting.
Feb 2020
While this church is easy on the eye when it comes to its exterior, its interior is not particularly interesting, nor justifies the entrance price.
Written September 6, 2020
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania6,302 contributions
From the churches of Budapest
Nov 2019
In Budapest there are a lot of churches, however this is particularly interesting since it is erected on the spot where from the early 1000 there was church standing.
So it has seen history passing - being a catholic church most of the time but also serving as a mosque during the Ottoman occupation of Hungary.
In this church the patron saint of Budapest - St. Gellert (or Gerhard in german if you like) was buried in this church (if you go with a guide it will be very interesting to learn about this).
The architectural styles are mixed - since through the centuries it was refurbished and modified but you can recognize gothic and baroque styles for sure. So those of you who are into architecture will find it very interesting.
From the perspective of visiting when I've been there a big sign was up - open 0-24 however strangely it was closed ... hence the not perfect score on the review ... otherwise for sure its a piece of the history of Budapest that is worth visiting.
Written July 16, 2020
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Dear Tiberiu, Thank you for your visit in the oldest church of Pest. See you again.
Written July 17, 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Oldest church in Budapestwith Saint Gellert's grave
May 2019
Belvarosi Nagyboldogasszony Foplebaniatemplom (a.k.a. Budapest's Inner City Parish Church or Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary) is near the eastern end of the Elisabeth Bridge. Thought to be the oldest church in Budapest, there has been a church here for a millennium. In 1046 Bishop St. Gellért was buried here after being martyred on the cliff across the Danube. The church was refurbished and enlarged over the centuries and used as a mosque in Turkish times. After a fire in 1723, it was rebuilt in its current Gothic/Baroque style; it was restored several times in the 19th century. During rebuilding of the Elisabeth Bridge (after its destruction during World War II), the Hungarian Communist wanted to demolish the church, but it was saved through negotiations, and the eastern approach road to the bridge slightly rerouted. In 2010, an intact 13th century throne of Virgin Mary was found behind the sanctuary. The church's facade was renovated in 2011 after the adjacent park was rebuilt. The western facade combines Gothic and Baroque elements, with twin towers. Both styles can also be seen inside; there is a Gothic chapel and 15th century frescoes. Unusually, there is a mihrab (prayer niche), a relic of the Turkish occupation when the church was used as a mosque. The altarpiece was painted by the 20th-century Hungarian artist Pál Molnár. The area around the church is nicely landscaped, with flower beds surrounding statues of Saints Kinga and Hedwig. The church is beautifully lit at night; it is open Mon-Sat 6am-7pm, Sun 8am-7pm. There is a small entry fee.
Written March 11, 2020
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Dear Caroll, Thank you for your visit, and nice comments.
Written July 17, 2020
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Manfred B
Telford, UK309 contributions
Historic Church in Pest with Interesting Features
Sep 2019
The Inner City Parish Church is located at the Pest end of the Elizabeth Bridge. It is the oldest Church in Pest, founded in 1046 it bears witness to various Architectural Styles. Underneath the Baroque Façade and the Gothic Walls are the Remains of a Romanesque Basilica which was built in the 12th. Century.

The most striking Features includes a Gothic-style Chapel, a beautiful Neo-Gothic Pulpit carved in Wood and a 20th. Century High Altar.

A little hidden, near the Main Portal, is the Entrance to the Lower Church and Museum. Religious Items from the 16th. and 17th. Century are exhibited here. These include the Madonna of Nuremberg made from Carrara marble, the Proberger Crypt from 1699, the Choir which hold Statues depicting the 12 Apostles and in the Middle is a Stone Altar. Do not be put off by the small Admission Fee!

Well worth a Visit! It is just a short Walk away from the Great Market Hall and Vaci Street.
Written October 5, 2019
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel32,284 contributions
Such an overrated church.
Jun 2019 • Couples
After an extensive renovation process that took years and years, the church started to charge visitors for "museum fees".
This is absolutely ridiculous, baring in mind the church is not that interesting to begin with.
Written June 29, 2019
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hrsch
Madison, WI417 contributions
Many layers of history in this church
Mar 2019 • Friends
This isn’t a showy church, but there is so much history here. The church is built on the stone foundations of a Roman fort; the foundations are visible in the basement. Founded by St Stephen (who decided that Hungary should become Christian). The building has Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture. There are some interesting alcoves, including one which contains the faint remains of a Mihrab, the Muslim prayer niche from when Budapest was occupied by the Ottomans and the church was converted into a mosque.
St Gellért, who was tasked by St Stephen with converting the Hungarians to Christianity, paid with his life by being thrown from Gellért hill. He was interred at this church until the Italians managed to get his remains transferred back to his original home base in Italy.
Franz Liszt used to frequent this church.

The church is open 24 hours a day. When church services are not in session, the building is a museum with a small entrance fee.
Written April 17, 2019
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Gary H
Budapest, Hungary224 contributions
Spiritually and Historically Up-lifting.
Apr 2019 • Couples
Throughout its history, its purpose, under the guidence of the Fraciscan Order, foundered by St Francis of Assisi,this holy place of praise and worship, has endured numerous "trials and tribulations" It stands still in the 21st century, bringing to its community and the wider world that visit this beautiful and historic City of Budapest, and Country of Hungary, in its message to those that enter its doors, the true meaning of peace, tranquility, hope and love.In the word Catholic, we acknowledge within its meaning "all embracing" which is a world for which I pray, and trust others who visit this holy place, join me in just not the historical significence of this place, its message, but feel embraced moved and enriched, motivated to-wards making continuous in our daily lives acts of deeds that make our world universal and all embracing.
Written April 15, 2019
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223Annie
Vincennes, IN192 contributions
The Oldest Church in Budapest
Mar 2019 • Friends
My husband and I, after several visits to Budapest over the years, went to the Inner-City Parish Church. We had no idea that it is considered a historic site. We were given a short guided tour and then allowed to spend time just enjoying the beauty and quiet of this lovely church. We are so glad we took the time to visit. If you enjoy churches, you will certainly enjoy this one.
Written March 29, 2019
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Dear Annie, thank you very much for your nice comments. See you again in the church!
Written April 1, 2019
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garyhR4654QL
Westcliff-on-Sea, UK835 contributions
Plain But Historical
Feb 2019 • Couples
This is quite a plain simple church but the museum underneath it is worth a visit as is the small chapel under the church which is still in use & contains Roman remains.
Other churches are more ornate but if you like history then the museum warrants a visit here.
Written February 21, 2019
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Dear Gary, Thank you very much for your nice comments. See you again in our church!
Written February 25, 2019
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Kristoffer M
Frederiksberg, Denmark131 contributions
Not very special
Dec 2018 • Couples
It is a nice small church, but if you only have time for visiting one church in Budapest, then I would recommend you to pay other churches a visit instead.
Written December 8, 2018
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