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Tower of Mary Magdalene

Tower of Mary Magdalene (11)

On the corner where Országház Street meets Capistran Square is the ´Tower of Mary Magdalene`, a relic of an old Franciscan church, started in the 13th Century and finished in the 15th, which was once located here. The original church was built by the Hungarian faithful and reserved for Hungarian speaking locals in the neighbourhood, while German speakers worshipped at the nearby ´Matthias Church`. 

During the Ottoman occupation it was the only Catholic church that held a dispensation and was eventually converted into a mosque. Unfortunately, during the Second World, in a bombing attack in 1944, the nave, choir gallery and chancel were completely destroyed and never rebuilt. Therefore, you will only find here the tower and a large stone-framed window in memory of the original building.

The bells are rung twenty-four times every half hour.

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