Szentendre Church

Szentendre, Hungary

Szentendre Castle Church is the oldest building of the city, originally built between 1241 and 1283. Its present day plan was finalised when it was rebuilt in Gothic style in the 14th century. It was again renovated, this time in a Baroque style by the Zichy family in 1710. Its present day outlook was completed between 1742 and 1751.

The building is 200 m2 large, its tower is 29 meters tall. Its walls are supported by buttresses which are typical to Gothic architecture. On the buttress near the tower, there is a sun clock from the 1300's, a unique piece from the history of Hungary. The visitor can step inside the church through Gothic stone doors.

Looking up in the interior of the building, we can see three giant, Baroque rib vaults. The three side altars are dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Three Kings and Saint Andrew. The main altarpiece depicts the Baptism of Jesus by Saint John. The painting is a work of Carolus Schöfft from 1818. Above the altar an all seeing eye watches over the church. Interestingly, the biblical figures of the frescoes, instead of the usual, authentic settings, are depicted in the landscape of Szentendre.

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Founded: 1742-1751
Category: Religious sites in Hungary

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Zoltán Németh (5 months ago)
Gorgeous as always
mihai mihai (18 months ago)
Small town near Budapest. Recommended for one day trip and not only
rahul riviera (2 years ago)
It's beautiful & charming small town close to Budapest.
M Vorobyev (3 years ago)
I think they have gone a bit too far charging HUF400 entrance fee. Pay to pray... disgusting. There should be a certain limit to commercialization- it’s a church after all. To my question re entrance fee an attendant surrounded by praying people, candles and icons cynically answers - “it’s a museum, not a church”.
Erica Stevanovich (3 years ago)
Very old but beautiful
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