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Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church

Historic and beautiful, the Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church rests on a sloping mountainside in the Ozark Mountains in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church Bell Tower and Sanctuary

Standing in the parking lot of the Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, I can look down the tiered mountainside and see the entire church and grounds. Looking up and behind me I see the historic, famous and notoriously haunted Crescent Hotel looming over the valley.

Bell Tower featured in Ripley's Believe It Or Not, for being the only church you have to enter through the Bell Tower

Bell Tower

At the edge of the parking lot stands the Bell Tower. A statue of St. Elizabeth of Hungary greets you as you enter the tower.

Highlighted in “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” this unique feature belongs to the only church where visitors must enter through the Bell Tower.

 

Stations of the Cross

Pass through the bell tower and follow the 100′ path to the entrance of the Catholic Church. Native rock lines the path on both sides. Notice the 14 stations of the cross represented in sculptures carved from Italian marble. Flowering shrubs, small trees, and manicured flower beds add color to your walk to the front of the church.

Twelve Stations of the Cross Path
Entryway of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church

In Loving Tribute

Built by Richard Kerens, the St. Elizabeth Church pays tribute to his mother, Elizabeth. The Rotunda, with its crowning dome reminiscent of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, was built in 1904. Then, the Sanctuary was added to the back of the Rotunda in 1907. And finally, the detached Bell Tower was added to the church in 1910.

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church
Garden of Saint Francis of Assisi in the courtyard of the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church.
Courtyard Garden at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church

A Local Tradition

There’s a tradition held by the locals that if you make a wish and toss a coin onto the red roof of the church, and the coin stays on the roof your wish will come true. If not . . . better luck next time.

Wish on Roof
Coins Scattered on the Roof of the Church

To visit the Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church is free and open to the public. Enter respectfully, slip onto a bench in the quiet sanctuary and say a quick prayer, remember loved ones, or contemplate your blessings.

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