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City Parish Church

City Parish Church (25)

This huge parish church in the city’s historic centre, close to the ´Elizabeth Bridge`, is Pest’s oldest religious building. It was built in the 12th century during the Romanic period, in an area that was formerly the centre of the Contra Aquincum, a 4th century Roman settlement. Later, in the 14th century, the church was made much more gothic in style and eventually the Ottomans converted it into a mosque. In fact, an alcove once used by practising Muslims can be found to the right of the altar, facing west towards Mecca. 

However, the church was practically destroyed in a terrible fire in 1723. So, the building you see today is for the most part a baroque style reconstruction dating from the 18th century. You will find yourself though in front of one of the oldest churches in the city, where it is possible to observe a combination of styles from both inside and outside. Examples include the gothic choir gallery, the precise renaissance style tabernacle found in the chapel to the right of the choir gallery, the baroque nave and façade, as well as Ottoman influences like the alcove mentioned above.

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