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March 22, 2019

Slovakia: Bratislava, the Blue Church

The Church of St. Elizabeth, or in Slovak, “Kostol svätej Alžbety”, otherwise known as the Little Blue Church.

In the eastern section of the old town in Bratislava is the Church of St. Elizabeth, or in Slovak: “Kostol svätej Alžbety”. It is a Hungarian Secessionist-style Catholic church. The church is commonly referred to as “The Little Blue Church”, reflecting of the color of its façade, mosaics, majolicas and blue-glazed roof. Initially the church functioned as the chapel for the neighboring high school or “gymnázium” that was constructed in the same architectural style.

The Church of St. Elizabeth was completed shortly before the death of its architect Ödön Lechner. Lechner designed the structure in the Hungarian Art Nouveau or Jugendstil style. The combination of Lechner’s Hungarian secessionist architecture and the choice of a blue palette produced a striking and unusual structure.

A glimpse inside

At the front of the church is a 37 meter-high cylindrical tower. The combination of the blue color and unusual rounded details draws the eye for a closer look. Overall, it looks a bit like a wedding cake with blue frosting.

The inside also looked interesting, though we could only glimpse it through the gate at the entrance. Nevertheless, whether you can gain access to the Blue Church’s interior or not, it is interesting to see. For sure it is a destination for fans of unusual architecture.


We visited the Blue Church in Bratislava in early October 2018.

The adjacent “gymnázium” or high school

Details of the tower

1 Comment »

  1. Color is exceptional. I love blue. In Finland we have pink church:

    Pink church of Kemi

    Happy weekend!

    Comment by Sartenada — March 23, 2019 @ 10:49 am

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