Gellert Hill Cave, Budapest

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Explore the natural rock walls and niches filled with statues and altars at Gellert Hill Cave, a grotto chapel that was originally home to Saint Istvan. The church was founded in 1926 when the Hungarian Paulite order of monks expanded the hermit's cave. In 1951, Communist secret police arrested an entire order of Pauline monks and the chapel was closed for nearly 40 years. Reopened by the Paulite order in 1989, after the fall of Communism, the church resumed services. The acoustics within the cave make music during services particularly moving and memorable. Many people still come to the church to worship, so remember to keep noise to a minimum as you walk from cavern to cavern. To plan Budapest vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • I had not intended visiting this church but stumbled upon it while climbing Gellert Hill (en route to the Statue of Liberty). Entry and exit is via a gift shop. Inside is a small church within natural...  more »
  • While we were exploring Budapest, at the top of Gellert Hill was an unexpected find that we had not planned on. This church inside a cave was so nice to see, so glad we checked it out. I loved how dif...  more »
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  • Very interesting church and beautiful art. An audio guide is available in many languages. Unfortunately the texts in the audio guide are so heavily religious that they sound absolutely ridiculous if you aren't religious yourself. I want to learn about the history of the place. I do not want to be indoctrinated.
  • A must visit and interesting church in a cave. Good audio commentary, although did end abruptly after station 110.
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