The Saint Ladislaus Church

The names of the designers and builders of the provincial baroque church are unknown. On the other hand, it is a fact that its construction began in 1721 on behalf of Cardinal Imre Csáky, Bishop of Oradea. The construction, full of adventures, was completed by 1756, and in that year the church was consecrated in honor of Saint Ladislaus. It served as a cathedral until 1780, but received a tower only later, and its construction was completed by 1800.

The ceiling frescoes were painted in 1908 by Gyula Túry, who captured the moments of Saint Ladislaus’s life on the murals.

The church was one of the most important musical centers in Hungary during the office of Adam Patachich in the 1960s. While Joseph Haydn directed the musical life of the Eszterházy court in Eisenstadt, his younger brother, Michael, the later conductor of Salzburg and the inspirer of Mozart’s Requiem, conducted his own church music at the Saint Ladislaus church for two years, in the service of Bishop Patachich. His successors were also renowned musicians and popular composers of the age: Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf and Wenceslas Pichl. Their memory is preserved by the reliefs of the organ loft.

The names of the designers and builders of the provincial baroque church are unknown. On the other hand, it is a fact that its construction began in 1721 on behalf of Cardinal Imre Csáky, Bishop of Oradea. The construction, full of adventures, was completed by 1756, and in that year the church was consecrated in honor of Saint Ladislaus. It served as a cathedral until 1780, but received a tower only later, and its construction was completed by 1800.

The ceiling frescoes were painted in 1908 by Gyula Túry, who captured the moments of Saint Ladislaus’s life on the murals.

The church was one of the most important musical centers in Hungary during the office of Adam Patachich in the 1960s. While Joseph Haydn directed the musical life of the Eszterházy court in Eisenstadt, his younger brother, Michael, the later conductor of Salzburg and the inspirer of Mozart’s Requiem, conducted his own church music at the Saint Ladislaus church for two years, in the service of Bishop Patachich. His successors were also renowned musicians and popular composers of the age: Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf and Wenceslas Pichl. Their memory is preserved by the reliefs of the organ loft.

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The Chapel of the Merciful Order
The Saint Ladislaus Church
The Canon’s Corridor
The Saint Anne Ursuline convent chapel
The Premonstratensian Church and Convent
The Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit