St. Elisabeth Church

Bratislava, Slovakia

The Church of St. Elizabeth, commonly known as Blue Church is consecrated to Elisabeth of Hungary, daughter of Andrew II, who grew up in the Pressburg Castle (pozsonyi vár). It is called 'Blue Church' because of the colour of its façade, mosaics, majolicas and blue-glazed roof.

The one-nave church was built in 1907-1908, four years after the plans of Ödön Lechner to build a church in the Hungarian Art Nouveau style. The so-called Hungarian secessionist style forms dominate in the church. Lechner also drew plans of the neighbouring high school and of the vicarage.

The ground floor of the church is oval. In the foreground there is a 36.8 metre high cylindrical church tower. At first, a cupola was planned, but was never constructed; instead, a barrel vault was built, topped by a hip roof. The roof is covered with glazed bricks with decoration, for the purpose of parting.

The main and side entrances are enclosed with Romanesque double-pillars, which have an Oriental feeling. Pillars are also located near the windows. The façade was at first painted with light pastel colours. Later the church got its characteristic blue colour. A line of blue tiles and wave-strip encircles the church.

The interior is richly decorated with altarpieces. On the altar there is an illustration of St Elizabeth, depicted giving alms to the poor.

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Founded: 1907-1908
Category: Religious sites in Slovakia

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Ivana Todorovic (14 months ago)
Very beautiful art nouveau church, dating from early 20th century. One of the must see things in Bratislava, due to it’s uniqueness. Outside of working hours you can look at the interior trough the glass door - you can see blue benches and a bit of wall decoration, plus the altar from the distance.
Sam MacSmith (2 years ago)
Short review: there’s really nothing much to it. Longer review: The Blue Church is a very beautiful and interesting church with its iconic blue color and architectural features, it makes an interesting stop by to take some beautiful pictures and admire the art, but that’s it, a quick stop. Given that it is separated a bit from the other attractions and it’s open at specific times only, you wouldn’t be missing out on a lot if you don’t make a stop here.
Swati Murteli (2 years ago)
One of the most unique churches. The blue color is so soothing. Very beautiful architecture and color. But unfortunately we couldn't go inside the church. Do check the timings before visiting. And I just wish people wouldn't park the vehicles exactly in front of the church, that ruins it's beauty.
Adel Armanous (2 years ago)
7.10.2022 +++ Blue Church +++ A church with extraordinary architecture i have attended more than 300 church but I have not seen any other church in such a style. really beautiful and the blue color too The Church of Saint Elizabeth is a Roman Catholic church in Bratislava, Slovakia. It is dedicated to Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. Due to the coloring of the facade with a blue majolica mosaic, the church is also known as the Blue Church The church is definitely worth a visit!
Nikos Gkekas (2 years ago)
A one of a kind blue church. It has the same colour theme inside. It worth making the walk from old town to view this unique but beautiful church. Give a look to the opening hours before visiting as they are a bit odd.
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