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During the construction of the church, a reproduction of the miraculous cross of Limpias was made, which the Communists took away in 1951. The lime-tree cross, which can be seen today, was created by the artist Istvan Szervatiusz Istvan. The pyrogranite altar is decorated with green eosin.
This cave on Gellert Hill was originally home to Saint Istvan, a hermit monk who cured the sick with thermal waters that sprung in front of the cave.
The Cave Church was founded in 1926 by expanding the hermit’s cave. The church was further enlarged in the 1930s by the Archbishop of Kalocsa to hold more worshippers, using the grotto at Lourdes as a model.
In 1951, the Communist secret police arrested the entire order of Pauline monks. The superior Ferenc Vezer was condemned to death, while the others received 5- to 10-year prison sentences. The chapel was blocked up with a 2.25m (7.4ft) thick concrete wall, behind which it stood silent for nearly 40 years.
After the fall of Communism in 1989, the Cave Church was returned to the Paulite order and immediately reopened.
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