According to a 13th-century legend, St Elizabeth of Hungary was taking fresh bread to the poor in secret, when she bumped into her father on the way. When questioned, she said that her apron hid roses and the bread miraculously turned into fragrant flowers as she opened her cloak. Half a millennium later, at the end of the 1800s, a Catholic church was erected in her honour on a square, given the name of Rózsák tere (‘Roses’ Square’) shortly after. Today, the church is one of the finest ecclesiastical buildings in Budapest and the architectural partner of Parliament, both planned by Imre Steindl – here, rose windows and stained glass add a French-Gothic touch. Mass is held every day. On Saturdays, the space outside the church hosts a farmers’ market.

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