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The church of three villages

Church · Mátra-hegység · 825 m
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  • A Három falu temploma a levegőből
    A Három falu temploma a levegőből
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
King Saint Stephen Church on the side of Kút-hegy is located at an equal distance from the villages of Mátraszentimre, Mátraszentistván and Mátraszentlászló.

The church is located in a beautiful natural environment along the Blue Trail on a meadow near the ski slope of Mátraszentistván. It was designed by renowned architect Sándor Hevesy and dedicated in 1942. By today the oldest church of upper Mátra has become one of the symbolic buildings of the mountains. The altarpiece depicting King Saint Stephen, the patron of the church, was painted by Mihály Kátai from Eger.

There are no official documents to prove the origins of the building. Legend has it that the Archbishop of Eger decided to build a common church for the villages of Mátraszentimre, Mátraszentistván and Mátraszentlászló. Each village wished to have it and could not reach an agreement on the site. Finally, the archbishop made a judgment of Solomon and chose a site at an equal distance from the three villages.

The feast day of the church is on August 20, on the day of King Saint Stephen.

Opening hours

Open all year round.

Price:

Free of charge
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Eszter Szabó
Update: June 29, 2020

Public transport

  • Get off at bus stop “Mátraszentimre, Sztepánrét” near the ski slope.

Getting there

  • Head south from the bus stop along the road. In 500 meters you will reach the church on the left side.

Parking

  • The church is accessible from two directions. Exit highway M3 at “Hatvan” and continue along Road 21 until Pásztó and then minor roads to the villages. Or exit highway M3 at “Gyöngyös kelet”, and continue along Road 24 until Galyatető and then minor roads to the villages.
  • Free parking in the parking lot at the ski resort.

Coordinates

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47.920024, 19.876768
DMS
47°55'12.1"N 19°52'36.4"E
UTM
34T 416083 5308021
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