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.
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 Franciscans had a gothic church and a monastery on the site of the present church in the 13th century which burnt down in the 16th century (in 1526) during the fights with the Ottoman Empire when the Turks set the city on fire.
They rebuilt it for 1537 and during the Turkish occupation it was turned into a mosque.
The present baroque church which is dedicated to Peter of Alcantara, a Spanish Franciscan Friar of the 16th century was built in the 18th century. The architect of the building is suprisingly unknown and the building shows the influence of Italian Baroque instead of the Austrian version which is more common in the country.
Above the front gate is the crest of the Order: two arms whose hands show the Stigmata (Jesus and Saint Francis of Assisi). The copy of the church’s steele was the part of the Hungarian house on the International Exhibition of Paris in 1900.
After they sanctified the church following the Turkish occupation in 1743, it was operated by the Franciscans until 1950 when the communist government dismissed the order which returned only in 1990, after the democratic change of Hungary.
After the fall of the revolution and freedom fight against the Habsburgs in the 19th century the Austrians executed the first Hungarian prime minister, count Lajos Batthyány among the military leaders of the revolution in 1849. After the execution the friends and relatives of the prime minister hided the body of him in the vault of the church until 1870.
There is a relief on the side wall of the church commemorating the Great Flood of the river Danube in 1838.
The relief is dedicated to count Miklós Wesselényi, a real Hungarian superhero, who was the Hero of the Flood with a really simple super power: saving people by his boat from drowning in the river. Among others Wesselényi could save a lot of people thiy way.
This flood, Pest’s most serious natural disaster, began on the night of 13-14 March, 1838 when the river Danube burst its banks. According to the diary of Wesselényi there were people who used cupboards as boats, hundreds and thousands could enter the churches and they even opened the Buda Castle for the people in need.
On the morning of 15th March, the Pest side of the city was like a huge sea with ruins.
The deep silence was broken only by the shouts of people and the sound of collapsing houses. There were furniture, dead horses and cows, mirrors, family portraits, pianos, beds, bedsheets, boxes, clothes and weapons in the water: the owners of these objects were dead or alive but without anything left. Wesselényi wanted to save a dog as well from the top of a house but it stayed there protecting the belongings of his owner.
Over 150 people died, 50 000 became homeless and ¾ of the houses on the Pest side were destroyed. The whole of the present-day inner city was under water. In some districts 90% of buildings collapsed. The flood made it possible to build a new, safer and well-planned inner city in Pest.
- The Kárpátia is a 140-year-old restaurant situated between the Franciscan church and the Library of ELTE 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). It became a state-owned place like many other restaurants, shops and factories of the city in 1949, during the communist period of Hungary.
The building was restored in 1979 and became a private company again in 1997. Now there are 6 rooms of the restaurant and in the evenings they play traditional gypsy music as well as classical and jazz pieces among the hits and musical songs.