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Cave Church

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Cave Church.

Cave Church features in these preplanned City Guides:

5-day Budapest City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Remarkable cave church
  • Out of the ordinary church interior

Time required: 30 minutes

Phone: +36-1-385-1529

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Monday - Saturday: 6pm - 7.30pm
Sundays: Closed for visitors


Ticket type Charge
General: Free

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 47: Gellért tér stop
  • Tram Line 18: Gellért tér stop

Address: 1114 Budapest, Szent Gellért rakpart 1.

Things you need to know:

  • 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

What to do there:

  • Follow the short path from opposite the entrance to the Gellért Baths to get to the Cave Church
  • Enter the cave and enjoy the unusual church interior

Cave Church features in these preplanned City Guides: