Belváros Church

Budapest, Hungary

Belváros (Inner City) Church is the oldest building in Pest side of river in Budapest. It was built in 1046 as a grave of Bishop St. Gellért (c. 980-1046), a missionary from Italy who played an instrumental role in converting Hungary to Christianity. According to tradition, he was martyred by angry pagans who rolled him down a hill across the river, which was named Gellért Hill in his honor.

The first church constructed on this spot was a 12th-century Romanesque structure built inside the ruined walls of the Roman fortress of Contra-Aquincum. In the early 14th century, after destroyed by Mongols, this church was replaced by a Gothic church which still stands today. It has been frequently renovated and remodeled in accordance with contemporary fashions, so its medieval origins are not obvious at first glance.

During the reign of Ottoman Empire Belváros was used as a mosque and in 1702 it was returned as a Christian church by Jesuits. The Rococo style pulpit dates from 1808.


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Founded: 1046
Category: Religious sites in Hungary

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Allain Jing Couple in Love world travels (14 months ago)
We really love this place, so clean, perfect weather, very nice view of the Parliament.
Dan Leal (2 years ago)
A very beautiful church thats orgins are almost 1,000 years old. They just recently finished the restoration of it and is truly a sight to see. It is open to the public 24 hours a day and truly worth checking out
J. D. (2 years ago)
Whose idea was it to make this historical monument look like a cheap non-stop?! Artgasm ruined.
Madhusudhan Konda (2 years ago)
The oldest building in Budapest, Inner City of Parish Church is a wonderful, awesome and beautiful church, standing mightily next to the Elisabeth Bridge. It’s an iconic building which carried through the generations, transforming into various architectural styles from Romanasque to Gothic to Baroque to Neo classical including becoming a Mosque during Turkish invasion. You will be captivated with an awe inspiring Altar, ecclesiastical garments, beautifully carved Pulpit, gorgeous interiors and the grand piano sounding majestically. Do take a minute to head down to vault area where you can find the grotto with blessed sacrament exposed and ancient ruins(you experience pin drop silence as people sit and prayer in silence). I never seen or heard any church open for 24 hours a day, to my surprise this church seems open 24 by 7!
ordog botond (2 years ago)
Beautiful little chatolic church. Beautiful altars and memorabilia to see. Also it's open 24/7. So definitely a go ti.
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