The present baroque church is a real mystery, since the architect of the building is still unknown. The building shows the influence of Italian Baroque instead of the Austrian version, which was more
common in the country.
The relief on the left side wall of the church commemorates the Great Flood of the river Danube in 1838. The relief is dedicated to count Miklós Wesselényi, a real Hungarian superhero. He was the Hero of the Flood with a really simple super power: saving people by his boat
from drowning in the river.
The Kárpátia is a 140-year-old restaurant, which started to operate in the late 19th century and became popular among the citizens of Pest very soon. The restaurant was decorated in the 1920’s by
different famous Hungarian artists (frescoes, windows and furniture).
Now there are 6 rooms of the restaurant and in the evenings it awaits the hungry guests with nice food, traditional gypsy music as well as classical and jazz pieces among the hits and musical songs.
This is the first university library of the country which has been operating continually since the year of the foundation. In the middle of the 19th century the Library of ELTE was the 5th biggest library of
the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy with its 94 636 books. Now this is the 3rd biggest one of the capital with more than 1,6 million books and other documents (codices, maps, warrants, etc.).
The Central Café is one of the few traditional grand cafés of Budapest which once were so common in the city. During the late 1800s and early 1900s this was a hub of intellectual and literary life. Men of words, poets, writers were seated on a special gallery so that ordinary mortals could watch them as they worked, like so manyspecies in a celebrity zoo.
After the 1950’s, a university club (Eötvös Club) was operating here, which was a place of freedom and tolerance. This was the only university club where guys with long hair and blue jeans were also let in.