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St Anne’s Church

Batthyány tér is dominated by the building of St Anne’s Church. Szent Anna-templom, whose imposing double-tower frontage occupies the southern side of the square.

This church, built between 1740 and 1758 to plans by Christoph Hamom and Matthäus Nepauer, is one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in Budapest. It was restored in the late 1950s, after severe damage in the 19th century and especially during the Second World War. The three-bay main façade has impressively balanced proportions. St Anne and the Virgin can be seen in the framed niche above the main entrance. The tympanum bears the coat of arms of Buda and a symbol for the Holy Trinity.The ground plan of the church – typically for Baroque architecture – only becomes apparent in the interior. It consists of an oval nave and choir and two chapels. The tall, extravagantly decorated high altar and the pulpit, which was later redesigned, belong to the original interior of the church and presumably derive from the workshop of the sculptor Carlo Bebo. The marble panelling and the frescoes on the central dome are 20th-century additions by Pál Molnár and Béla Kontuly. The fresco in the choir illustrating the Holy Trinity was done by Gregor Vogl in 1772. The sculptures by Anton Eberhard by the side altars, as well as altar panels by the Viennese painter Franz Wagenschön, are worth seeing.

St Anne’s Church travel guide by Marco Polo 2011 city guide

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