"Am I in Lourdes ?" Cave Chapel - Sziklakapolna Tip by sourbugger

Cave Chapel - Sziklakapolna, Budapest: 30 reviews and 79 photos

  In the cave church
by sourbugger

The 'cave' church serviced by a monastic order connected to St Paul has become one of the 'must sees' in Budapest.

Entry is via a kind of 'entrance cave' at the foot of the Gellert hill opposite the Gellert hotel.

The series of caves (not created for the church originally) form a very atmospheric surroundings for a holy place.

Obviously inspired by Lourdes, the place was boarded up during the communist era. Nowadays, it is increasingly popular with news artworks being added every now and then.

I especiallly liked he 'Theba Altar', which is a replica of a 4th century cave sanctuary found by Hungarian archeologists in 1997 in a desert near Theba, Egypt. They believe it was built to honour St. Paul, the patron saint of the Pauline brothers, who lived as a hermit in the Theba desert in the 3rd century. A St. Paul relic (a piece of his bone) is kept above the altar.

Make sure you also see the statue to our lady of Hungary.

Regular opening hours, although you can't wander about during services. FREE.

Address: Szent Gellert ter
Directions: Above St. Gellert Square, in Gellert Hill. Buses #7, 7A, 86, Teteny-busz or trams 18, 19, 41, 47, 49, 118 to Szent Gellert ter stop.

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  • Written Apr 27, 2005
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