St Elizabeth's Church

St Elizabeth's Church, Budapest

St Elizabeth's Church
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The area
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Neighborhood: District VII / Jewish Quarter
District VII is the very heart of Budapest and houses the city’s Jewish Quarter. Its streets are lively and colorful, its buildings narrate different histories in an assortment of architectural styles, and its cafes and bars are frequented and loved by the enthusiastic crowds. Grand and magnificent, the striking star of the district is the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Distinctly Moorish in style, crowned by the twin onion shaped domes, the Synagogue is the very emblem of District VII and one of the main attractions in the capital.
How to get there
  • Budapest Keleti Station • 6 min walk
  • Keleti pályaudvar • 8 min walk
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia10,245 contributions
Square of Roses
Feb 2020
Located within Rozsak tere, “Square of Roses”, named after the beautiful rose garden surrounding this architecturally beautiful, catholic church built in the neo-gothic style, we especially like the spire, that are an impressive 76 meters tall, we must admit this is not something you expect to see in this quite neighbourhood.
Written April 25, 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Neo-Gothic church on the Square of Roses
May 2019
St Elizabeth's Church is a large neo-Gothic Catholic church about 500m west of Keleti rail station. The church (designed by Imre Steindl (1901) an architect of the Parliament building) has an impressive entrance: twin towers (76m tall) flank a massive portal with recessed arches surmounted by a large rose window. The inside is also neo-Gothic with columns, soaring groin arches and stained glass windows. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (a.k.a. Saint Elizabeth of Thuringia) was a medieval princess of the Kingdom of Hungary. As a political pawn, Elizabeth was married at the age of 14, widowed at 20, and used her dowry money to build a hospital where she tended to the sick. She became a symbol of Christian charity after her death at the age of 24 and was canonized in 1235. According to a 13th-century legend, Elizabeth was taking bread to the poor in secret, when she encountered her husband. When questioned, she said that her apron held roses and the bread miraculously turned into fragrant flowers as she opened her cloak. Half a millennium later, a Catholic church was erected here in her honor. A beautiful rose garden surrounds the church; hence the name Rózsák tere ("Square of Roses"). The church is open every day 7:30am to 6:30pm, with no entry fee, although a donation is gratefully accepted. Mass is held every day; on Saturdays, the area around the church hosts a farmers’ market.
Written March 7, 2020
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Tiberius_C_Bud
Budapest, Hungary93 contributions
A hidden neo-gothic gem in Budapest
Sep 2019 • Couples
This is one of my favorite churches in Budapest, designed by the same architect who was responsible for the Hungarian Parliament. Totally off the beaten track. Extremely elegant from both the outside and inside, it's definitely worth a stop. You won't be disappointed. The stained glassed windows are perhaps the most impressive on a well lit day.
Written September 21, 2019
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Gary H
Budapest, Hungary224 contributions
Resplendent and Impressive.
Aug 2019
The baroque St, Elizabeth's Church is a "hidden gem" in the majestic historical City of Budapest. Living in this magnificent city, you are somewhat spoiled, by the number of places that are available to you, that people attend or visit as there place of worship. To stand and admire the truely architectural beauty of this church, from the Square of the Roses, is joyous and inspiring, capulated, through the masterful and brillance of the Hungarian architect - Imre Steindl. There is a gracefullness in this church building, elegent, a radience and softness in its message, that is captured enhanced by Steindl, in his vision, that you view in the external and internal architectural works and design of this church. The gentleness in design of this Church, named in honour of St.Elizabeth, could additionally be associated with the universally accepted interpretation of Elizabeth - God is Perfection - God is my Oath. The Gothic Rose Window that you can view from the front square of the church, is delightful, especially on entry into the church, looking at it in a reversed postion, the splintering of light colours and variations that are radient even celestial in the variable colours of light beams that are produced by this adorable window. Did this master of architectual design Steindl have a love even an infactuation with the name Elizabeth ? His remodelling reconstruction work on the Cathedral of St.Elizabeth in Kosice, is testament to this mans gifts and what we to-day in the 21st century people from all "stations in life" from all parts of the world, can view and admire. You will not be crushed in the "maddening crowds" vising St.Elizabeths in District V11, giving you time to admire, take in, explore possible, find your-self re-charged for what ever reason or purpose that may be. Its a melancholic place to spend time to sit and rest, externally or internally, taking time to "lisen to your body" then to move on. Remember to share in the richness of your visit to this hidden" icon" of this truely blessed City of Budapest and the embracing people of Hungary.
Written September 20, 2019
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Vitor A
Lisbon, Portugal794 contributions
Majestic church
Jul 2019 • Business
This is a monumental temple in Neo-gothic style. Although just a church, in fact it looks more impressive than some European cathedrals. It’s a very good architectonic work with beautiful stained glasses windows. Also, the stucco ceilings painted with ornamental flowers are quite interesting. Before leaving be sure that you have looked at the pulpit’s baldachin. The exterior with a nice garden allows some moments of resting/relax. Enjoy!
Written July 19, 2019
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SEs
London, UK25,845 contributions
Church
Feb 2019 • Friends
This is a beautiful church. The architecture is beautiful. The interior is pretty. A good church to visit.
Written March 5, 2019
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Jeff
Parksville, Canada1,725 contributions
Magnificent
Feb 2019 • Solo
St. Stephen's church gets most of the glory in Budapest but this church is spectacular in its own right. As others have mentioned, it positively glows at daybreak and at night but it's no slouch during the day either. It sits in a wonderful park/garden well away form the hordes of tourists too. Inside, it's amazing.

If you are here for mass, they now have a sign on the door for mass times too. I'll include that info in my photos. By the way, if you are going to daily mass, it's held in the chapel to the right of the altar. To get there, walk up to the altar, turn right and walk thru the big door.

This is easily one of my most favourite European churches.
Written February 12, 2019
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Spikes_Family
Greater London, UK57 contributions
If You Like Aesthetically Pleasing Churches, Visit This Gem !
Dec 2018 • Couples
On the third and last full day of our 4-night winter mini-break in Budapest, my wife and I had decided to visit the Dohány Synagogue. From our hotel in Izabella utca, rather than walk down Andrassy Avenue, we opted to cut across and follow Izabella utca to its end before cutting down Dohány utca itself. This was prompted by the magnificent twin towers of a church we could see in the distance. At the junction of the two streets we came to St Elizabeth's Church, set back in its own little garden.
The beautiful façade, with its twin towers and beautiful mural above the doorway, tempted us to make a diversion and view the interior. Very glad we did ! Delightful patterns everywhere. I particularly liked the delicate patterning on the high vaulted ceiling of the nave. If you like aesthetically pleasing churches, visit this gem !
Written February 11, 2019
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,600 contributions
Bread turned into Roses
Oct 2018 • Solo
A miracle indeed: young princess Elizabeth was smuggling bread to give to the poor. When caught and forced to show what she was hiding, the bread had turned into roses. It happened early 13th century, so records are not very reliable...

The beautiful neo-gothic church with 76m high towers is dedicated to Elizabeth. Pay attention to the delicate woodwork inside and the colorful stained glass windows. The architect Imre Steindl is the same man who designed the parliament. This church was completed in 1901.

Very worthwhile to visit, also because there are no tourists most of the time.
Written October 18, 2018
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Sandor_H_33
Budapest, Hungary225 contributions
Neo-gothic church, most beautiful at night with the lights on
Jun 2018 • Solo
This is a neo-gothic church, not too special in Budapest. However the garden around is quite nice and the building looks really good at night with the spot lights on.
Written July 19, 2018
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