The legend of the patron saint
According to contemporary sources, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary considered helping the poor and unfortunate her most important duty. She also established a hospital, a shelter and an orphanage. Elizabeth is often depicted with a rose in her apron, which is a reference to the legend, and a perfect symbol of her life and work.
It is said that she was once taking sacred bread to the hungry, as she usually did. She was stopped on the way, and asked what she was hiding in her apron. Elizabeth did not want to admit that she was taking bread, afraid that perhaps they would forbid her from completing her mission of mercy. So, she answered that what she had were roses. And when they demanded that she show what was in her bundle, the pieces of bread actually turned into roses. According to the legend, this was God’s way of saving her from having to utter a lie.
The square where the parish church is located today preserves this legend in its very name: in 1931, on the 700th anniversary of Saint Elizabeth’s death, it was renamed ‘Rózsák tere’ (Square of Roses). This was also when the statue was erected on the square, in memory of the saint.