The rugged past of Buda Castle Evangelical Church mirrors the difficult and gloomy history of Hungary.
The first Evangelical Church (and school) was built on Disz square in 1846, but the land itself was claimed by the Ministry of Defence 40 years later. According to a contract made between the Ministry and the Church, the Evangelical Church moved to Becsi Kapu square and was finished by 1895.
The church was built in eclectic style while the facade is baroque, which is quite unusual with evangelical churches.
The interior was rather classicistic with a double gallery above the entrance. The windows are colored, the one of the sanctuary illustrates the Holy Spirit as a dove. The altar has remained from the old evangelical church with an added painting by Bertalan Szekely.
Unfortunately, the building sustained the most severe damage during the siege of Budapest in 1946, when almost everything but the tower cross was destroyed
The total reconstruction took 3 years, the rebuilt church was ordained in 1948. While the facade remained almost the same, the interior has been simplified relevantly. Nowadays, a huge, brown cross made of tree is to be found right behind the altar.
A memorial, commemorating Gabor Sztehlo evangelical pastor, who saved at least 2,000 children during World War II, is by the walls of the church.
The Buda Castle Evangelical Church hosts masses on Sundays and public holidays and is easily accessible to wheelchair users.
Address: 9 Becsi Kapu square, District I, Budapest 1014