The two storey baroque church with the two altars and the Virgin Mary Statues is a unique site in Hungary that attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. The high altar, erected in 1917, is where Hungary's smallest, 11cm high and 4cm wide, miraculously found bone statue is placed. The altar behind is home to the Loreto Statue brought by two Capuchin monks on foot to Máriabesnyő. The church was built in 10 years (1761-71). It is one of the most frequented Marian pilgrimage sites among the 33 churches built or reconstructed by Antal Grassalkovich I and his wife. The lower church is home to one of the most beautiful baroque shrines in Hungary. The enormous marble sarcophagus in which Natal Grassalkovich I and his wife lies is the work of art of Georg Dorfmeister. The side altars are decorated with paintings by Norbert Baumgartner, Capuchin monk from Vienna (dating back to around 1770) and the inside walls are the frescoes and windows of Lajos Márton. The golden confessionals date back to the 18th century. The side altars are also decorated by Norbert Baumgartner's works, the frescoes and windows by Lajos Márton. Written documents mentioning the settlement as Máriabesnyő date back to the 19th century. The church was renovated and the two churches (upper and lower) were merged. In 1963 the church was declared an independent parish. The church ordained in honor of the Holy Virgin was voted and proclaimed a basilica minor by Pope Benedict XVI on 15 August 2008.
Open from: January 01
Open till: December 31
Opening hours: holy mass: weekdays: 18:00 Sunday and Holidays: 09:00, 10:30, 18:00
Denomination: roman catholic
Architectural stile: Baroque
Attendability: pre booking
Address: 2100 Gödöllő, Gödöllő-Máriabesnyő, Kapucinusok tere 1. View on map
Latitude and longitude: N 47° 35' 53", E 19° 23' 47"
Phone number: +3628414425