St. Elizabeth Cathedral Košice

St. Elizabeth Cathedral is a Gothic cathedral and the largest cathedral in Slovakia.

St. Elizabeth Cathedral Košice

St. Elizabeth Cathedral Košice

The significance and wealth of the city in the end of the 14th century was mirrored by the decision to build a completely new church on the grounds of the previously destroyed smaller St. Elisabeth Church. The construction of the biggest cathedral in the Kingdom of Hungary – St. Elisabeth Cathedral – was supported by the Emperor Sigismund.

Façade of the cathedral

Façade of the cathedral

This sanctuary is very huge, 60 meters in length, 36 meters in width and 59 meters in height.

Main Alter

Main Alter

The Alter of Elizabeth Cathedral

The Alter of Elizabeth Cathedral

There are three images of the women saints in the main alter, Mother Elizabeth of John the Baptist, the Virgin Mary and St. Elizabeth of Hungary from left.

St. Elizabeth was born in Hungary in 1207, the daughter of Alexander II, King of Hungary. At the age of four she was sent for education to the court of the Landgrave of Thuringia, to whose infant son she was betrothed. As she grew in age, her piety also increased by leaps and bounds. In 1221, she married Louis of Thuringia and in spite of her position at court began to lead an austerely simple life, practiced penance, and devoted herself to works of charity.

Elizabeth of Hungary

Elizabeth of Hungary

 Her husband was himself much inclined to religion and highly esteemed her virtue, encouraging her in her exemplary life. They had three children when tragedy struck – Louis was killed while fighting with the Crusaders. After his death, Elizabeth left the court, made arrangements for the care of her children, and in 1228, renounced the world, becoming a tertiary of St. Francis. She built the Franciscan hospital at Marburg and devoted herself to the care of the sick until her death at the age of 24 in 1231.

Elisabeth of Hungary

Elisabeth of Hungary

St. Elizabeth washing a sick, the scene from the main altar of St. Elisabeth Cathedral.

Altar of St. Francis, St. Elizabeth Cathedral

Altar of St. Francis, St. Elizabeth Cathedral

Gargoyle of St. Elizabeth Cathedral

Gargoyle of St. Elizabeth Cathedral

I forgot the name of the sculptor who made this gargoyle. But from his wife of the heavy drinker he came up with the figure of the strange monster. Madams, attention!

 

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