Belvarosi Nagyboldogasszony Foplebaniatemplom

Belvarosi Nagyboldogasszony Foplebaniatemplom

Belvarosi Nagyboldogasszony Foplebaniatemplom
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History of the Inner-City Parish Church Budapest The foundations of the church lie partly on the remains of a Roman building. A military fortification, Contra Aquincum, used to stand on what is now Március 15 Square with the commander’s room stretching beneath today’s church. Archaeological excavations between 2014 and 2016 revealed the remains of a stone building with many separate rooms and brick flooring, part of which could be heated. The fort commander’s room was actively used until the middle of the 4th century. The ditch in the centre of the room was part of the hypocaust. In the 11th and 12th centuries the stones of the Roman fort were reused to build a Romanesque church, whose original foundation walls are still visible today in the crypt. The church was then converted in the 12th century. A wall of the church erected at that time is preserved in the northern tower and is the largest extant Romanesque wall in Budapest.
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Neighbourhood: Belváros-Lipótváros
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  • Ferenciek tere • 4 min walk
  • Vörösmarty tér • 7 min walk
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK8,30,884 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Located on Marcius 15 is this great looking church.
Belvarosi Nagyboldogasszony Foplebaniatemplom is a gorgeous looking twin spired church ,the facade is very photogenic, its certainly a church that adds to the joy of walking around this part of the riverfront Pest side of the River Danube.
Well worth checking out if you're planning a holiday to Budapest.
Written 18 December 2023
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petergoode2
Hendersonville, NC518 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
My wife and I were completing our Viking Danube Eastern European cruise, and upon departing the ship, were taken on a bus tour of several highlights of Budapest. Evidently it is standard operating procedure for them to include a visit here.
I fully endorse many of the prior reviews posted here. Specifically, the church provides for a nice exterior photo op, but otherwise, it is primarily noteworthy for its history...which is SO WELL described in a prior review, that it would be superfluous for me to repeat it. The interior of the facility is nowhere nearly as ornate as many Roman Catholic churches tend to be, but its painted ceiling is definitely unique, and they have done a nice job having scattered see-though glass floor panels allowing for visualization of prior church ruins. They have done the best they could vis a vis trying to restore the frescoes which were aggressively painted over during the mosque years.
We did not realize there was an admission charge, evidently Viking deals with this directly with the church.
Our guide admitted that since so many of had seen many religious facilities over our prior years of travel, not to mention this tour in specific, she asked us to NOT consider it an "ABC"...evidently a sarcastic reference to a cynical visitor who might classify this as "Another Beautiful Church".
We are glad we visited.
Written 5 October 2023
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,050 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is an impressive church from the outside, but the inside was rather plain, austere. We felt it was not worth the price of admission. St Michael’s is nearby, much nicer inside, and it is free.
Written 22 September 2022
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Sandra M
Henderson, NV397 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Interesting church, built on top of ruins. It was part of our day tour with Viking River cruises. You can climb to the top of tower. Also a downstairs that is very interesting. I recommend this, while it is not as spectacular as some churches. It has some very nice things to see.
Written 9 September 2022
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Dr_Iris_B
Ramat Gan, Israel1,423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We came here by mistake as this was located just next to our hotel and found it to be amazing!
Climbing up the tower revealed great view of the river and royal castle.
Written 18 July 2022
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,102 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
While this church is easy on the eye when it comes to its exterior, its interior is not particularly interesting, nor justifies the entrance price.
Written 6 September 2020
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania16,904 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
In Budapest there are a lot of churches, however this is particularly interesting since it is erected on the spot where from the early 1000 there was church standing.
So it has seen history passing - being a catholic church most of the time but also serving as a mosque during the Ottoman occupation of Hungary.
In this church the patron saint of Budapest - St. Gellert (or Gerhard in german if you like) was buried in this church (if you go with a guide it will be very interesting to learn about this).
The architectural styles are mixed - since through the centuries it was refurbished and modified but you can recognize gothic and baroque styles for sure. So those of you who are into architecture will find it very interesting.
From the perspective of visiting when I've been there a big sign was up - open 0-24 however strangely it was closed ... hence the not perfect score on the review ... otherwise for sure its a piece of the history of Budapest that is worth visiting.
Written 16 July 2020
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Dear Tiberiu, Thank you for your visit in the oldest church of Pest. See you again.
Written 17 July 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,162 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Belvarosi Nagyboldogasszony Foplebaniatemplom (a.k.a. Budapest's Inner City Parish Church or Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary) is near the eastern end of the Elisabeth Bridge. Thought to be the oldest church in Budapest, there has been a church here for a millennium. In 1046 Bishop St. Gellért was buried here after being martyred on the cliff across the Danube. The church was refurbished and enlarged over the centuries and used as a mosque in Turkish times. After a fire in 1723, it was rebuilt in its current Gothic/Baroque style; it was restored several times in the 19th century. During rebuilding of the Elisabeth Bridge (after its destruction during World War II), the Hungarian Communist wanted to demolish the church, but it was saved through negotiations, and the eastern approach road to the bridge slightly rerouted. In 2010, an intact 13th century throne of Virgin Mary was found behind the sanctuary. The church's facade was renovated in 2011 after the adjacent park was rebuilt. The western facade combines Gothic and Baroque elements, with twin towers. Both styles can also be seen inside; there is a Gothic chapel and 15th century frescoes. Unusually, there is a mihrab (prayer niche), a relic of the Turkish occupation when the church was used as a mosque. The altarpiece was painted by the 20th-century Hungarian artist Pál Molnár. The area around the church is nicely landscaped, with flower beds surrounding statues of Saints Kinga and Hedwig. The church is beautifully lit at night; it is open Mon-Sat 6am-7pm, Sun 8am-7pm. There is a small entry fee.
Written 11 March 2020
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Dear Caroll, Thank you for your visit, and nice comments.
Written 17 July 2020
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Manfred B
Telford, UK322 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The Inner City Parish Church is located at the Pest end of the Elizabeth Bridge. It is the oldest Church in Pest, founded in 1046 it bears witness to various Architectural Styles. Underneath the Baroque Façade and the Gothic Walls are the Remains of a Romanesque Basilica which was built in the 12th. Century.

The most striking Features includes a Gothic-style Chapel, a beautiful Neo-Gothic Pulpit carved in Wood and a 20th. Century High Altar.

A little hidden, near the Main Portal, is the Entrance to the Lower Church and Museum. Religious Items from the 16th. and 17th. Century are exhibited here. These include the Madonna of Nuremberg made from Carrara marble, the Proberger Crypt from 1699, the Choir which hold Statues depicting the 12 Apostles and in the Middle is a Stone Altar. Do not be put off by the small Admission Fee!

Well worth a Visit! It is just a short Walk away from the Great Market Hall and Vaci Street.
Written 5 October 2019
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,102 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
After an extensive renovation process that took years and years, the church started to charge visitors for "museum fees".
This is absolutely ridiculous, baring in mind the church is not that interesting to begin with.
Written 29 June 2019
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