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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Krishna Bhaskaran (4 months ago)
Oldest and yet well maintained Church. Next to a beautiful park and beautifully lighted bridge. Whole area around this church is family and kids friendly. Apart from appreciating the beauty of Church, there are quiet sites and sceneries that a tourist would appreciate!
Shane Pulmano (6 months ago)
Local place of worship with a long history - some features dating before 1046. Entrance is free; only going up the tower has a price (optional donation boxes present). Check out the family-themed statues, the high ornately decorated dome ceiling, stain-glass windows, a glass cutout on the floor showing off the old rock foundations of the original church. There is a small prayer chapel off the side where locals come to. Overal a beautiful place to go for a moment of reflection.
Daryl Trujillo (6 months ago)
Great place to attend mass at 5:00 PM weekdays. Especially if you are on river cruise. Prayer, praise, and thanksgiving for all God's blessings.
Licia Moiola (7 months ago)
Really a beautiful church. You can take pictures inside and I think some time there are concerts..
Alejandro Bermudez (8 months ago)
This is indeed the mother Church of Budapest and one of the most historic and beautiful buildings in Hungary. destroyed and rebuilt several times, converted into a Mosque, regained as a Catholic Church, it still preserves a significant part of its incredibly artistic roof
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