Name: Cave Church
Category: Religious buildings
Location: 1114 Budapest, Szent Gellért rakpart 1.
Good to know about the Cave Church
- Pauline monks built this remarkable church inside Gellért Hill after a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. The church was consecrated in 1926
- During World War II it functioned as a military hospital for the Nazi army In an attempt to curb the power of the Catholic Church the secret police raided the church in 1951. The prior was murdered; the monks were imprisoned After the raid the church was sealed.
- After the fall of communism the monks regained the temple and reopened it in 1989
- They continue to use it for religious functions
- The cave is also called St. Ivan's Cave after a hermit who had lived here and healed the sick with the area's thermal water. The same water supplies now the Gellért Bath
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