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At the base of Gellert Hill, near the Gellert Hotel and Liberty Bridge, is the entrance to the cave system, now converted into a working chapel. The caves have an interesting history. First they are believed to have been inhabited by a hermit, St. Ivan, who used the natural spring water to heal the sick.
In the 20th century they were taken over by the Pauline monks, where it served as a chapel and monastery until 1951, except for when it was taken over by the Nazis during World War 2 and used as a field hospital. I saw a suspicious looking eagle statue in the depths when I was there - I wonder if that was a left-over?
When the Soviets took over they left the monks alone for a while, but in 1951, during a crackdown the Catholic church, the monastery was raided, the cave was sealed, the monks imprisoned, and the head of the order was put to death. The monks returned again when the Iron Curtain fell in 1989.
Address: Szent Gellert ter
Directions: Take trams 18, 41, 47 and 49 to Szent Gellert ter. Walk up the steps and take a right towards the river. The cave entrance is at the end of the path, on your left.
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