Originally constructed around 1015 and rebuilt in the early 14th century, this church is actually dedicated to Our Lady, but is popularly know as Matthias' church after King Matyas Corvinus (1443-90) who not only caused the tower to be rebuilt, but was married there twice. It was also the setting for a number of coronations. During the Ottoman occupation, after 1541, it became a mosque. It was damaged during the seige of Buda in 1686, (during which a vision of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to the Turks, after which they lost the city), and was rebuilt later that century, and restored again during the 19th century.
Sadly it was undergoing further restoration while I was there, so I could only see the exterior, covered by scaffolding as it was (hence you can only see the rounded apse in the photo).
Named for King Matthias, who was married here in the 15th century, this church originally dated back to the 13th century. Austria-Hungary's last two kings, Franz Joseph and Charles IV, were crowned here.
Most of the present church was built in the 1890s. It's an excellent example of late Baroque architecture.
Matthias Church is the second-largest Gothic church in Buda, and is one of the spectacular sights of the Castle District. The first church that was built in this sport was constructed in 1015, but it was reconstructed in the 14th century. The church’s name comes from King Matthias, who order the construction of the characteristic tower on the south side of the church. Much of the church was destroyed not just in the Christian siege of Ottoman-occupied Budapest but earlier than that, when the building was converted to a mosque and the interior was completely stripped and whitewashed. Apparently, during the 1686 siege, the Christians made a direct hit on the church-mosque and one of the walls crumbled. A votive statue of the Virgin was uncovered – in front of the entire mosque full of praying soldiers. The city fell on the same day thanks to a complete collapse in Ottoman morale. Restoration work was, fortunately, long: no one really completed anything that fully pleased the people of Buda until the turn of the 19th century, when Schulek (responsible for the nearby Fisherman’s Bastion) uncovered some of the original Gothic characteristics of the church and added his own neo-Gothic touches (the roof tiles and the Gargoyles) to give Mátyás király its current unique form. When I visited there was some heavy work underway, perhaps in preparation for the millennium anniversary of the first church in this area. Unfortunately, it obscured the incredible Gothic tower too much.
This 700 hundred year old medieval church is a stunner.
It has been built and destroyed and reconstructed over the years but today is very beautiful. Inside a fantastic led lights, a number of notable paintings and a section with artifacts and a little of hungary's history set out in rooms in upper floors. When I visited, they had the sensational old crown of Hungary on display.
Daily admission is from 9am-6pm and will cost you 400Ft.
Well worth a visit.
We were fortunate to be staying in the Castle District so the Mathias Church was right near our hotel. The Church is under a major renovation to restore it to its former glory. The church is named after Matthias Corvinus, who was a great Hungarian King.
The exterior of the church is alrge and impressive. The tiled roof is beautiful and I can't wait to see it fully restored. Inside the church is the Ecclesiastical Art museum. There is a medieval crypt and leads up to the St. Stephen Chapel. There are several relics, stone figures and a replica of Hungarian royal crown jewels.
This is called Church of our Lady and has been here since 13th century. King Mathias had his wedding here to one of his two wives. Many royalty were married and buried here. The interior has an influence of Muslim religion because they controlled this area for 300 years when the Turks invaded and took control in 1541. The Hapsburgs retook the territory in 1686, and the church was rebuilt in neo-Gothic style, but the Byzatine paintings/colors still adorn the columns. The columns and much of the other is done by them in that time.
Time are 9-5 daily, except Sunday for 1-5. Cost is 60 Huf.
As you can see from my picture, a portion of the external part of the church was under renovation. The church is quite impressive and can be seen perched on top of Castle Hill in the "Old Town District". The church has a 700 year history and serves as a symbol of the city's rich and yet often tragic history.
The building regained much of its former glory in the 19th century during the great architectual boom. Frigyes Schulek was the architect responsible for much of the work which is visible today. Not only was the church restored to its original 13th century plan but a number of early original Gothic elements were uncovered. He also added some new motifs of his own such as the diamond pattern roof tiles and gargoyles laden spire.
I would recommend anyone paying a visit to this area to pay the nominal fee to view the interior of the church.
Matthias church (Matyas Templom in Hungarian) is one of the major attractions in Budapest.
The church , believed to be built in 1015, is located in the castle district area and build in Gothic style.
Very close to the church you will see also the fisherman bastion.
It`s quite unusual for a tourist who comes from Western Europe, seeing all these ornaments and frescos in this gothic church. Probably because this is a sign of an oriental influence wich isn`t unparraleled in Budapest, enough to look at the Gellért hotel and the other secessionist masterpeaces. But this isn`t a secessionist peculiarity: this church was richly painted even in the Medieval times. This is why Schulek and Bertalan Székely, one of the biggest hungarian painters ever, decided to revive the old splendour, and using the original geometric forms, found during the excavations, they created this very unique internal decoration: you cannot see one identical ornament to the other!
Also the fantasting stained glass windows were created on plans of Székely in Ede Kratzmann`s manufactory.
Most of the frescos are Károly Lotz`s work, the most famous hungarian fresco painter.
Next to the Royal Palace, the Castle District's most popular tourist area is Trinity Square (Szentháromság tér). In the heart of this square is the magnificent Matthias Church (Mátyás Templom). Officially named as the Church of Our Lady, it referred to as Matthias church because the south tower bears the coat of arms with the raven of Matthias (Good King Matyas).
In the thirteenth century Buda’s first parish church stood here. In the fourteenth century it was rebuilt as a Gothic hall church, but it was never finished and the north tower was not built. In Turkish times it became the main mosque and its interior furnishing were destroyed. During the 1686 siege, its tower and roof collapsed. Later, the church was rebuild in the Baroque style, and in the last decades of the nineteenth century, Frigyes Schulek reconstructed the church to its original 13th century plan, from the excavated medieval remains, the original Gothic church, the one in which Charles Robert (1308-1342) and Sigismund of Luxembourg (1387-1437) had been crowned, and in which King Matthias married Catherine Podebrad in 1463 and Beatrice of Aragon if 1470. By also adding new motifs of his own (such as the diamond pattern roof tiles and gargoyles laden spire) Schulek ensured that the work, when finished, would be highly controversial. Today however, Schulek's restoration provides visitors with one of the most prominent and characteristic features of Budapest's cityscape. The last two kings of Hungary, Francis Joseph I and Charles IV, were also crowned in this church, in 1867 and 1916 respectively. During World War II the damage suffered by the church was so heavy that it took
The tall and distinctive spire of Matthias Church provides a great reference point for the castle district, as well as being a beautiful Baroque building. Its clean white lines hide a troubled past, however. During Turkish rule the church was stripped of its treasury, and its ornately frescoed walls were whitewashed, and the whole place was turned into a Mosque for the duration of Hungary's Turkish period.
The modern church, like the Fisherman's Bastion it sits next to, was mostly the result of work dating from the end of the 19th century.
Matthias Church was built between the 13th and 15th centuries, and given Neo-gothic style in the 19th century. The church is just beside the Fisherman's Bastion in the Castle area. It is called Matthias church, because King Matthias was married twice in the church and was a major contributor. It has also served as a Mosque during the Turkish occupation and as a Jesuit church. The last two Hapsburg kings were corronated in this church. The church is beautiful and is located in a great area to stroll around for an afternoon.
The interiors of the Matthias church are marvellous, even if the complete renovation -wich by the way has already begun outside, with the towers and the facades- is inevitable. Every single squaremetre is beautifully ornated with figurative and non figurative adornments (for example leafs, flowers, geometric forms...ecc...). The weakest point of the church is the illumination wich will be completely changed: it`s difficult to appreciate these ornaments, because the church is quite dark and the lights are dazzling. To be noticed the beautiful banners of the 1848-49 Revolution and Independence war wich can be foung on both side of the main nave, on the pillars of the side naves.
Founded in 1015, Matthias Church is the oldest and most important religious facility in the city. The original church was destroyed by the Mongols in 1242, then was rebuilt by King Bela IV from 1250 to 1270. In the 1300s, the kings of Hungary were appointed in this church prior to taking the throne. After an earlier steeple collapsed, the modern bell tower was completed in 1470. When Buda was captured by the Turks in 1541, Sultan Suleyman converted the church to a Mosque. In 1686 the Christians finally recaptured the city and the church, only to see it partially destroyed by a great fire in 1723. The church was damaged several other times over the years including during World War II and by a bomber in 1994, but each time it has been rebuilt to greater glory.
In the museum you can find Hunyadi László`s wife`s skull. Hunyadi was king Mátyás`s brother and was executed by the rival László the V.th.
But undoubtly the most important reliquia of the church is the tomb of one of Hungary`s most important kings, Béla the 3rd (1172-1196) and his wife, (Chatîllon) Anna of Antiochia.
The tomb can be find in the Holy Trintiy chapel, right beside the left side nave.
The king was the father of Béla the IV. the king who founded this church wich today is part of the UNESCO world heritage list.