The Matthias Church (Templon), Budapest
Favorite thing: Hungary's national shrine - Mátyás Templom (Matthias Church). The intricate Gothic structure with elaborately colored roof, originally built in 1269 (substantially modified around 1900), has been the coronation church of Hungarian kings for centuries.
Favorite thing: Beneath the Palace carved into the hill are catacombs formed by the hot thermal underground springs for which the region is famous. During the World War II this labyrinth was used as a bomb shelter but it was the Turks in the Middle Ages who dug out the limestone caves to form 10km of tunnels. Today you can take a guided tour of some of these caves for around Ft900 for adults and Ft700 for children. There's also an uninspiring waxwork exhibition depicting the history of Hungary and a Labyrinth Café which has live music in the summer. The caves are open daily from 9.30am to 8.00pm.
Favorite thing: The Mathias Church seen from the walls of the fishermans bastion . For a small entrance fee , you my see the interrior of the church , also a museum / exhebition inside . The church is very beautiful both exterior and interior and is well worth a visit .
Favorite thing: It is a spectacular church of the 13th century (it has been restored in 1960's). King Matthias was married there twice. The crypt inside the church can be visited. Organ concerts are usually held there.
Favorite thing: Its official name is the Church of Our Lady but has been popularly named after King Matthias. The church was originally built in 1015 in a Romanesque style. The current building built in the later part of the 14th century is designed in a Gothic style. It was converted to a mosque once the Ottomans captured Hungary and the frescoes that lined it walls were whitewashed. Which is too bad really because it is a beautiful building. The diamond pattern on the roof is a recent addition. There is an Ecclesiastical Art Museum inside.
Favorite thing: The Matthias Church seen from holy Trinity Square. It is a most beautiful building both exterior and interior and worth a visit.