Dear Visitor!

Visit the ruins of churches, relics of our past! We can help you with our photographs, maps and descriptions.

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We don't have means and area to translate all texts of descriptions. But you can understand the most important information in the Hungarian text, if you know a few Hungarian words.

Here are some basic expressions:

templom church
eredeti original
kolostor, monostor monastery
átépítés reconstruction
kápolna chapel
felújítás renewal
sz., század century
román stílus Romanesque
ókor antiquity
gótikus stílus Gothic style
középkor Middle Ages, medieval
reneszánsz Renaissance
újkor modern times
barokk Baroque
torony steeple, tower
török hódítás, t. uralom Turkish conquest
hajó nave
tatárjárás Mongol invasion
szentély sanctuary
világháború World War
kapu door
temető cemetery

In this section we present types of ruins and their stages of destruction. You can compare their hypothetical original condition with our intact contemporary churches.

The extremes

It's visible it was a church (in Martonyi)

We only know it was a church (Szerep)

Once it looked like this

Foundations of a medieval church (in Csengele)

(This small Romanesque church was built in the 12th century. Burnt down by the Mongols in 1241. Later rebuilt and used by the Cumans settled in the area, finally destroyed by the Turks in the 16th century.)

Did it looked like the church of Döröske?

Or maybe like the one in Váraszó?

Or perhaps like the cemetery chapel of Kehida?

Relic of a medieval rotunda in Boldva

Was it like the chapel in Kallósd?

Or the church in Öskü?

The centuries of decay

(These are all three-aisle, twin-towered churches from the 12-13th centuries)

In good condition, renovated in Ják

Only a romantique ruin (Zsámbék)

Pitiful remains in a forest (Vértesszentkereszt)

Conserved foundations with some of the original statues found amongst them (in Ópusztaszer)

The concrete blocks showing the outlines of the foundations beneath (in Gyula)

Surviving stones

Stones of an old monastery reused to cover a well (in Budapest)

Magic moment: the Lamb in the light

(Ruins of Vértesszentkereszt)


Feketéné Móró Erzsébet

Fekete György János

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Translated by Fekete Miklós