University Chapel, former Pauline Monastery
The eighteenth-century Pauline church is one of the most outstanding Baroque ecclesiastical buildings in Budapest. Its richly ornamented interior and especially the carved pulpit are the most prominent works of Hungarian Baroque Art.
The part of utmost interest of the monastery is the library that is the most significant Baroque gallery-library of Hungary.
The Pauline monks returned to the country after the Turkish occupation, and instead of regaining their previous possessions in Buda, they were allowed to settle, using a mosque as their church, on the allotments that they received in 1688, in the proximity of the Kecskemét Gate in Pest.
First they arose a chapel there in 1720, and then they had their church, the later University Church, built between 1725 and 1776. The interior of the large-scale Baroque building is distinguished by the richness of decoration; its carved pulpit is a prominent work of Hungarian Baroque Art. Both the high altar and the side altars are opulently decorated, the statues and the ceiling frescos are equally impressive.
The furniture and the majority of the wooden reliefs of the church are Pauline works in Baroque style. Next to the church there stood the monastery of the order, the most significant premise of which was the library with its abundantly carved, two-stored gallery installation perfected in 1775.
Attraction: University Chapel, former Pauline Monastery (Egyetemi templom)
Location: Pest, V. district
Transport: M3: Ferenciek tere
Address: Budapest, Papnövelde u. 9.