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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Julian Mestreeh (2 months ago)
Looks cool church but its closed so u will spend in front of it 20 seconds for couple of photos and that's it.
Praxy Preeti (3 months ago)
What a beauty!! Never saw sucha beautiful church...!! Usually free, quiet, pictures are allowed inside so you can click pics! Must visit...
Tae Yoo (3 months ago)
I think if someone had more time and depending on the time of day, one can really use the color here but at the end its just a colorful church. 5-7 minute walk from old town
Thomas Fohr (3 months ago)
Highlight in Bratislava for me. A nice place, away from crowded center, to find peace. Very beautiful to look at.
Doris Karapici (4 months ago)
It's a must see in Bratislava. The blue colour makes it very special. It's very near the old town. Worth visiting.
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