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Matthias Church

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Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Famous Budapest landmark
  • Beautiful example of neo-Gothic architecture
  • Unique color tiled roof

Time required: 30 minutes

Phone: +36-1-355-5657

Web site: http://www.matyas-templo...

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturdays: 9am - 12noon
Sundays: 1pm - 5pm

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
General: 750 HUF
Discount : 500 HUF

Public transport:

  • Bus Line 16: Szentháromság tér stop

Address: 1014 Budapest, Szentháromság tér 2.

Photos: (see more photos)

Photo: MrUllmi

Things you need to know:

  • Matthias Church is located in the heart of the Castle District and dates back to 1051 when Hungary's first king, St. Stephen I, built a Romanesque church here
  • In the 14th century it was transformed into a Gothic church; but it was King Matthias (1458-90) who greatly extened it in the 15th centruy, hence its name
  • When the Turks ruled Buda (1541-1686), the temple was transferred into the city's main mosque
  • According to legend, in the siege of 1686 a cannon ball hit one of the walls of the church and a hidden Madonna statue was revealed in front of the praying Turks. The Turks lost the city to the Habsburg forces on the same day
  • After the Turks left an attempt to restore the church was made. It didn't regain its splendour until Budapest's architectural boom towards the end of the 19th century

What to do there:

  • Admire the building from the outside. Notice the unique color tiled roof
  • Enter the church and discover its shady interiors
  • Do not miss the highlights: Stained-Glass Windows, Altar, Rose windows, Mary Portal, Loreto Chapel and Baroque Madonna, Ecclesiastical Art Museum

Tips & Insights:

  • The entrance tickets have to be purchased from the ticket office opposite the visitor entrance of the church

 

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