Békéscsaba is a city in Southeast Hungary, the capital of the county Békés.
Békéscsaba is an educational, cultural and economic hub of the surrounding Békés county, set in the historically troubled region of the Great Plains, nicknamed only as “Viharsarok”, or “land of storms”. With a population of 65,000 people, the city is the perfect example of county city life, where the weekdays are uptempo, but the weekends are all about peace and quiet.
Békéscsaba is not a touristy place to visit, but it still can be your perfect getaway, if you prefer to visit something different, yet strangely authentic. A peek into the everyday life of Hungarians, however, is not the only sight in the city. Békéscsaba has an impressive Lutheran Church, the biggest such building in the country, surrounded by a smaller Lutheran Church and a similarly impressive catholic church.
Lutheran Church as architectural styles were transitioning, this church was built in classic empire style. Started in 1807, it was completed only in 1824. Initially sporting a very tall belltower, it was later reduced to a shorter, but sturdier tower at the request of the congregation. Since the bell was requisitioned by the army during WWI., the tower has no bell! The church is home to one of the best, and certainly largest organs in the country. The church is designed with three parallel naves, each with a separate entrance. The main (middle) nave leads to the altar. A large clock decorates the belltower and rings every 15 minutes. Since the main painting behind the altar was stolen around 2000, a bas-relief was placed there in replacement. A number of sculptures of angels can be seen around the church, which is otherwise rather spartan in decor.
The Co-Cathedral of St. Anthony of Padua (Hungarian: Páduai Szent Antal-társszékesegyház) also called Békéscsaba Cathedral is the name given to a religious building located in the city of Békéscsaba, in the European country of Hungary, which was built in 1910 with a neo-Gothic style.
The temple follows the Roman or Latin rite and since 2010 serves as the Co-Cathedral or alternate cathedral of the Diocese of Szeged-Csanád. It is the second largest church in the city after a Protestant church. Its tower reaches 61 meters high.
It is under the pastoral responsibility of the bishop László Kiss-Rigó. It was dedicated to St. Anthony of Lisbon was a priest of the Franciscan Order, Portuguese preacher and theologian, venerated as a saint and Doctor of the Church by Catholicism.
It is also a little known fact that famous realist painter Mihály Munkácsy was born in Békéscsaba, well, or at least a little known fact outside of Békéscsaba. The city has a rich museum, showcasing the work and life of the artist, while the Munkácsy Memorial House, opened on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Munkácsy, presents the lifestyle of a Hungarian noble family in the 19th century, while giving an overall picture on the works of Mihály Munkácsy.
Built in 1922, the Árpád Baths – a complex of Turkish bath-like superb buildings enhanced by recent renovations – now have 9 pools and offer medical and wellness services in the heart of the city. The Baths with a unique family atmosphere have become one of the most frequented places in the city. Visitors to the Baths can choose from various pools and sports facilities in a park dotted with small groves. Certified as a medicinal bath by the minister of health in 2006, the facility offers excellent leisure time activities to both those interested in sports and those being treated for their ailments. Rich in alkaline hydrocarbonates, the thermal waters of 36-38°C feeding the medicinal pools are especially effective in the treatment of rheumatic and locomotive disorders. The Jázmin Health Centre within the premises of the baths specialises in salt therapy and medicinal massage, and provides other medicinal services. Partially covered in the winter, the open-air medicinal pools and the swimming pool with a grandstand are available all the year round, and so are the sauna and the steam bath. Further attractions include a giant slide and a pool for novice swimmers. Covering an area of1,200 m², a theme bath and spas offer a wide variety of facilities including jacuzzis, a whirlpool, designated sunbathing areas and effervescent baths.