Gellert Hill Cave, Budapest

3.8
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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  • This Church is just over the river. The audio guide is a must, if a little confusing to follow at times. This church I guess would not be so special if it was not cut out of the rocks. But It was, so....  more »
  • We visited early evening after the 1 hour break when the church was closed. While waiting to visit we climbed up to the citadel where we enjoyed great views as the sun set. The steps are uneven. We.....  more »
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  • I thought this place was fascinating. The audio tour was very informative. Inside is small, but worth visiting. Make sure you wear appropriate clothing for a church.
  • I came to this place after a long walk in the sun. I wanted a cool environment to relax my body. And I stumbled upon this perfect place. The entry fee with audio guide was just 2 Euros. In the audio guide you get to know about the history of the place and some aspects of the history of Budapest. Its like a church in a cave with depictions of special events in the form of sculptures (and also a washroom if you need one after a long walk 😅). The environmental is serene and relaxing.

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