"Church cave of Gellert Hill" Cave Chapel - Sziklakapolna Tip by bluebug

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

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Opposite of the Gellert Bath 25 m above the river Danube level in the Gellert Hill there is a large cave which is one of the unique of Budapest.

It has named St Istvan's cave after a hermit who has cured sick people went on a pilgrimage to him with thermal water which sprung in front of his cave. The original cave, which consisted a hollow entrance room and connecting niches, were rebuilt into a church in 1925. Its model was the cave of Lourdes, France. Directly next to Hotel Gellért, this chapel was carved into the rock of Gellért Hill.
It was built in 1931, the communist regime had the entrance bricked up in 1951, but it was reopened in 1989.

The Pest side of Budapest was named after this cave. In the Middle Ages The Slavic name of the (Gellert) Hill was Pest Hill after the large cave. The word "Pest" means cave or oven.

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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  • Updated Aug 15, 2005
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