Csaroda Reformed Church

Csaroda, Hungary

The northeastern region of Hungary has many late Roman-style village churches. One of the finest examples would be the Csaroda Reformed Church in the Bereg Plain, built in the late 13th century. This quaint little holy place can be found in the county of Szabolcs‑Szatmár‑Bereg on a small hill, on a bend of the Csaronda creek.

The tower never had a bell; instead, a wooden belfry was carved next to it in the 18th century. In summer and autumn, the picturesque landscape is more than enough to impress visitors, but the inside of the always-open church gives a truly exceptional impression. It consists of two sections: the rectangular nave and the square-shaped sanctuary. There’s a reason the building is called The Church of Smiling Saints: certain parts of it are decorated with frescoes depicting the Apostles, created in the late 1300s. The building also stands as a testament to the colours and forms of later eras: for example, the slope of the eastern window contains a number of frescoes from King Sigismund’s reign, while other sections still display floral motifs painted in the mid-16th century after the church was consecrated as a Reformed Church. The building’s painted wooden ceiling is from 1777 and the folk Baroque-style wooden pulpit, the galleries and the benches are also from around that period.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Hungary


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Metzger Gábor (6 months ago)
A beautiful church in beautiful surroundings. Unfortunately, I couldn't get in here either
Lilla Orsolya Kosik (7 months ago)
It's very beautiful from the outside, but unfortunately I couldn't get inside.
Judit Várhelyi (8 months ago)
This XIII. has survived wonderfully intact. century Romanesque church, which is also called the "Church of Smiling Saints" based on the Byzantine fresco visible inside. There are only three of them in the world. The frescoes of the apostles have also been preserved in good condition. The year above the arch indicates when it changed from Catholic to Reformed, and the red floral patterns are from this period. We were able to see it under the knowledgeable guidance of the young man who lives next door, entrance fee HUF 500. It is an unmissable sight in Nyírség.
Zsolt Z. Pintye (11 months ago)
Mesés, tenyérnyi templom, mosolygó szentekkel. Csodás kuriózum!
Tunde (11 months ago)
A very beautiful church, which has survived countless events in history, has adapted to those of the XIII. he already had a church at the end of the 19th century because his priest was mentioned in 1299. In 1334–1335 it was also included in the papal tithe list with 4–4 garas. There is a small stream next to the church. The church has a very nice tower with a circular balcony, needle-pointed; it ends in a helmet covered with wood shingles typical of the area. A XVII. traces of Reformed folk wall painting from the 16th century can also be observed on the outer walls. Of the frescoes, the figures of saints on the left wall of the nave are the oldest, moving from left to right in strict Byzantine order, with the Apostles John, Cosma, and Damian, the saints, St. Peter and St. Paul, the Virgin Mary, and the Holy Family. Then the Reformed tendrils can be seen in the church.
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