A church unlike any other in Hungary (and precious few in Europe), it will capture your imagination with its evocative atmosphere
A Mysterious Underground Monastery in a Fabled Hill
South of Buda Hill, on the same side of the Danube River, there lies another great icon of the city called Gellért Hill. This hill is home to several key landmarks, including a church that's radically different from any other in town with their ostentatious adornments. Built inside a cave in the 1920s by monks inspired by a pilgrimage to Lourdes, it served as a consecrated church until being closed and sealed off by the Communist dictatorship in 1951. It was reopened in 1989, after the fall of Communism, and the Pauline monks continue their work here today. It's easy to find, as the entrance is right at the foot of the hill next to the famous Gellért Hotel and thermal baths. Inside, dramatic craggy walls blend with neo-Gothic architectural details and highlights include a copy of the Virgin of Czestochowa in Poland (said to have once saved the church from a fire) and a painting of Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger at the Auschwitz death camp and was sainted in 1982. It's all a powerful mix and a most unusual experience indeed.
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