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Bratislava Must-see: Church of St. Elizabeth

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Church of St Elizabeth

The Church of St. Elizabeth, also known as the Little Blue Church of Bratislava, is Bratislava’s most appealing art nouveau building. Journalists around the world describe it as pretty as a wedding cake. And it is.

Most travel guides rave about the Church of St. Elizabeth. Pretty as a wedding cake. Bratislava’s most appealing art nouveau building. A masterpiece of the Art Nouveau. A charming Art Nouveau church that rather looks like a dollhouse. And the superlatives go on and on.

However you choose to describe it, the Church of St. Elizabeth is a Bratislava must-see and it’s just 20 minutes on foot from Mamaison Residence Sulekova Bratislava – or just eight minutes if you choose to pursue your destination by car.

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The little blue church of Bratislava is an Art Nouveau masterpiece. Built to honor Elizabeth of Hungary – also known as Saint Elizabeth of Thuringia or Saint Elisabeth of Thuringia – is a one-nave church erected between 1909-1913. The portrait of the queen stands above the church’s portal like a stamp of approval.

The Church of St. Elizabeth was designed by Ödön Lechner in Hungarian secessionist style. The pale blue hues used to decorate the church – including, oddly enough, its roof – gave it its unofficial nickname. Today, the little blue church of Bratislava is celebrated as one of the city’s most interesting art nouveau landmarks. When in Bratislava, many couples choose this temple to tie the knot – in fact, the Church of St. Elizabeth is a top favorite for religious wedding ceremonies in the city. This religious and architectural landmark is a must-see in Bratislava and fortunately enough, it is free to visit. The church is open daily from 7 am to 7 pm, or, if you are to believe unofficial records, opening times vary.

Despite official tourist guides, the church is easy to find – this means you do not need to pay for a tour to visit it. It’s a short walk away from the National Theatre.

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