St Francis of Assisi, the first modern 19th-century church of Budapest, was completed in 1879 – after more than ten years of construction. Numerous famous people were attached to the project: Miklós Ybl, Habsburg Empress Elisabeth, Károly Lotz and Mór Than. Ybl designed the building – he was the most famous architect of the era, and Sissi, the beloved queen of Hungarians aided the project with money and gifts. Painters Károly Lotz and Mór Than enriched the interior of the church with more than 29 frescos. The 66 meters long and 66,7 meters tall building, with its catacomb of 22 pillars underneath, is the Neo-Romanesque jewel of Bakáts tér and Ferencváros.

It’s possible to take a virtual tour of the church here.

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