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“Fascinating history of unusual rock church.”
Review of Cave Church

Cave Church
Reviewed February 11, 2013

We visited this rock church at the foot of Gellert Hill. It cost around £1.50 per person, which included a personal head set commentary. The whole visit took about an hour as it's a small church with 5 or 6 distinct areas inside. It had a very calm atmosphere, and visitors were encouraged to be quiet inside. Some beautiful wood carvings and statues, and a small shop selling reasonably priced souvenirs at the entrance. This is a good place to combine with a walk up Gellert Hill (it's situated at the foot of the hill next to Liberty Bridge), or a visit to the Gellert Spa which is opposite.

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

One of the weird facts about the Cave Church (Sziklatemplom) is that many of the citizens of Hungary or Budapest do now know about its existence or do not know the exact place of the entrance. The church is in the possession of the only religious order founded by Hungarians, the Pálos rend (Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit) that today has the center in Czestochowa, Poland.

The entry fee is very low (app. 2 euro) and includes an audio guide. Inside the cave you can see power-point presentations about the history of the church, small chapels, statues and at the end of the exhibition beautiful modern wood-carvings, resembling 9-10. century Magyar (Hungarian) art.

Walking through the last rooms, you can see posters about the order's anti-abortion campaign and can read about fertility rates of mostly Central-European countries (only in Hungarian).

The whole visit doesn't take longer than 30-45 minutes, if you have 3-4 days in Budapest mostly for sightseeing don't miss this feature.

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

We didn't really research this ahead of time - we passed it on a walk and decided to go in. It was about $2 per person, so you can't expect too much I suppose. There is an audio tour, which syncs up to a few power point presentations and different parts of the church.

The tour starts with some history of the church, which was pretty interesting. After that it got a bit odd with a 5-10 minute video that had nothing to do with the church building and was basically a mini-sermon. The tour continues into the church building itself, which also was quite "preachy".

I was expecting the church to be much more like a cave, but it was really more of a hollowed out rock with concrete sprayed on the walls and painted gray. Overall it was an odd experience, but for only 2 bucks I can't complain. If you're walking by it's worth dropping in for a short 15-20 minute visit, but I would forgo most of the audio tour after the first section.

Thank cubbieblue10
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

As a church it is very simple edifice built into the side mountain. It is interesting but not overly impressive. It is more important and significant as a peaceful symbol of a people resisting a tyrannical Communist government.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

I found this cave church by accident last year ! For £1.50 you have a self audio tour of the church. The history is fascinating and gives a deeper understanding of what these lovely people have been through in the last century. I have been back twice since then and can't imagine a trip to Budapest without a peaceful trip to this special little church. The staff are extremely nice. Very helpful. At Christmas they sell charming tree decorations for £1 - £2 each.

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