Mathias Church - Mátyás-templom, Budapest

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1014 Budapest, Orszaghaz utca 14 (+36 1) 489-0717

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    St. Matyas church

    by IngaA Written Jan 31, 2004

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    The elegant gothic church dominating the Buda Castl hill right over the Fishermen Bastion. Seen from everwhere, one of the best views is from the boat riding along Danube.
    Was built on the place of the old churches, thenm converted into a Mosque during the Turkish governamnce and then rebuilt as a Christian temple (templon) in times of Austrian-Hungarian empire. Keeps Oriental patterns inside and beautiful treasury museum.
    Entrance fee: 300 Ft.

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    MATHIAS CHURCH

    by mtncorg Written May 21, 2005

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    The Church of Our Lady dates to the 13th Century when it started life as a parish church. Different building periods and styles came to an abrupt end with the Turkish occupation of 1541. The church became Buda's main mosque. With the return of Christianity following the successful siege of 1686, the mosque/church had been destroyed. With time, it was slowly rebuilt reaching it s final design in the late 19th century. It was here that the Hapsburg Emperors Franz Josef and Karl were crowned as Kings of Hungary, 1867 and 1916 respectively. The Church is on Szentharomsag Ter (Trinity Square) right next to the Fisherman's Bastion.

    Spires rising all around
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    The Matthias church

    by 1courage Updated Jan 18, 2007

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    The construction of this splendid gothic-neogothic church dates back to the XIII.century. It was originally constructed in roman style. In the middle ages it was modified several times. The famous hungarian king Mátyás Hunyadi (Matthias) held 2 times his weddings in this church, wich since these historical events wears his name. After 1541, when the turks occupied the Buda castle it was transformed into a mosque. In the XVIII.century, like many other churches, also this one was transformed in baroque style. Only in the late XIX.century regained it`s original style and beauty thanks to Frigyes Schulek, who dedicated decades to study this church and to make the plans for the reconstruction, keeping every single originally medieval part..
    Note: actually the curch is under renovation. This will last for several years.

    The church from the T��rnok street The Matthias church from South (Episcopal Garden) Church with the Hilton Hotel from Fortuna street The church from the Fishermen`s bastion The church from behind

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    Mathias church

    by Mique Written Nov 28, 2003

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    This church is a definitely must see when you are in Budapest. True the area around here and the Fishermen Bastion are rather touristy but it is worth it to put up with it. And (good for us VT-ers) nobody objects if you start to take loads of pictures...

    Apparently the church used to be free but nowadays you have to pay a small entrance fee to be able to enter. Once you've paid it, you're free to mingle with all other people (tourists mostly). Within the church there is also a small museum with several objects regarding the church on display. Most notably a crown.

    Mathias Church by night
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    Castle District: Matthias Church

    by antistar Updated Jan 12, 2008

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    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.

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    MATTHIAS CHURCH - EXTERIOR

    by balhannah Written Apr 19, 2014

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    Matthias Church - A MUST SEE IN MY OPINION!

    The official name is "The Church of Our Lady" (Nagyboldogasszony templom),

    It is one of Budapest's most important churches, as the coronation of many of Hungary's Kings took place here. Inside are important tombs and many important treasures. The ornate white steeple of the Matthias Church, was added in the 15th century above the 13th century gothic Chapel. It is the highest point on Castle Hill.

    This stunning church was built in 1255 as Buda's first parish church. I was stopped in my tracks. It was wow! Look at that gorgeous patterned roof, and then another wow as I came closer and could see the detailed architecture!
    As you and I have guessed, the church was named after King Matthias, who ruled from 1458-90.

    In 1541, when the Turks captured Buda, they used Matthias Church as a mosque. The intricate white stonework, the mosaic roof decorations, and some of its geometric patterned columns suggest the Byzantine era. After the Turkish defeat in 1686, it was rebuilt in neo-baroque style. Luckily, the Gothic stone carving, "the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary," that is visible above the door on the side of the church that faces the Danube, was spared during these tumultuous times.
    Church treasures were sent to Bratislava, frescoes were whitewashed over and the Church stripped of its beautiful interior furnishings. During the liberation of Budapest, a wall of the church collapsed, revealing a sculpture of the Madonna to the praying Turks. The Jesuits, made attempts to restore the church in the Baroque style of the era, but failed.

    In the late 19th century, restoration began, according to the original 13th century plans for the church. At this time, a number of original Gothic elements lost for centuries were found and the magnificent diamond patterned roof tiles and gargoyles were added. The reconstruction was completed in 1896.

    TODAY - Very little remains of the original church, only the foundations, columns and some walls dating back to the 13th century.
    The smallest tower is known as the Béla Tower and is named after the founder of the church, King Béla IV, under whose reign the church was built. Its roof is decorated with colorful tiles. The main portal is decorated with bas-reliefs and above the portal is a large neo-Gothic rose window, an exact replica of the original window.

    The tallest tower is the Matthias-tower.
    Entry to the church is via the Mary Portal, which is decorated with a wonderful Gothic relief, reconstructed from original pieces.

    High Mass is celebrated every Sunday at 10 am, sometimes with full orchestra and choir—and often with major soloists.
    During the summer there are usually organ recitals on Sunday at 7:30 pm

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    The Matthias Church

    by belgrade03 Written Nov 2, 2003

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    The most important and most cherished church in Budapest is the Matthias Church on Szentaromsag square. The square is named after the Holy Trinity Column that stands in its centre and the church itself stood on this site ever since the 13th century. During the Turkish occupation it was the High Mosque and after that it was rebuilt in a Baroque form. The inside of the church is overwhelming with Gothic arches and splendid columns. Because of its great acoustics, the church has long been an important venue for concerts.

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    Inside the Matthias church-the naves and the Altar

    by 1courage Updated Oct 31, 2007

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    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.

    The main Nave The main altar gothic-neogothic arches The sanctuary The choir with the organ
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    Colored tile roofs.

    by breughel Written Jan 13, 2014

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    What I liked from this church were the colored tile roofs. They made me think of the Hotel Dieu in Beaune and the Stephansdom in Vienna. The location overlooking the Danube next to the Fisherman's Bastion is of course another asset of the St Matthias Church.
    Less nice are the fences, scaffolding and cranes from the renovation works. On my former visit in 2006 they were already hiding part of the façades and now in 2013 there were even more of them but the work of cleaning the stones has progressed.
    I have not been inside because of the queues and furthermore I do not like paying to enter a church.

    The architectural aesthetics of the church and surroundings are somewhat spoiled by the contemporary facade of the Hilton Hotel overlooking the river next to the church (photo 4).
    However at night all this part of Buda is nicely illuminated (photo 5).

    Colored tile roofs. Facade in 2006 Facade in 2013 Matthias church, Hilton and Bastion. Matthias church, Bastion.& Chain bridge at night.
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    St Matthias Church

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 27, 2009

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    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.

    St Matthias The interior of the church The nearby Column of the Trinity
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    Gothic Matthias church

    by Raimix Updated Mar 4, 2011

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    Another name of this building is the church of Our Lady and Coronation church. The main church in Budapest from old times, then King Bela IV ruled the country. It must be bought a ticket to go inside this church with gothic decoration and style. The outside is gothic too, but rebuilt in the second half of 19th century.

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    Beautiful chuch in Buda

    by Jefie Updated Nov 10, 2012

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    This beautiful Gothic church dates back to 1015 and is located just a short walk away from Buda Castle. Its official name is Church of Our Lady Mary, but it's usually called Matthias Church, in honour of the Hungarian King who supervised the reconstruction of the church and added the distinctive tower to its design. King Matthias's two weddings took place at the church, as did several coronations. After Buda was conquered by Ottoman forces, the church became the city's main mosque. After several failed attempts at restoring the original design and splendor of thechurch, architect Frigyes Schulek finally succeeded in doing so in th 19th century. It was then that the church's distintive tiled roof was added, along with several beautiful stained-glass windows. You can get a really nice view of the nave from the second-floor galleries :o)

    Matyas Church View from the galleries Stained glass windows added by Frigyes Schulek Main altar of Matyas church Matyas Church at night
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    Matyas Templom

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    The wonderful Matyas Templom today show a late Gothic style. On the facade there is the small tower of Béla IV , that you can see on the left side, with nice colour tiles. On the right of the facade there is the Matyas Tower: it is built in a gothic style with three octagonal floors and many windows all around. During the restoration in 19th century were add pinnacles and small tower. In the middle of the facede there is the nice Romanic gateway.

    Matyas Templom: the south facade
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    Matyas Templom: the south gate

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    On the south side there is the Mary Gate. It was built in 14th century and it is the only Gothic gate with figurative ornaments which remained - although in fractions - on Hungary's present territory. In this gate is shows the moment before Mary's assumption, when the Mother of God falls asleep: in the lower area the dying Virgin is on her knees among the apostles, while the top part shows Christ welcoming the soul of his mother, represented by a baby. The are four evangelists sitting around the scene. Heads were beaten off the embossing by the Turkish, and Baroque construction works damaged it even more.

    Matyas Templom: the south gate
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    Matyas Templom: inside

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jun 9, 2005

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    The first thing that you can see when you enter from the Mary Gate is the wide shape of the church. It has got three navates with pillars and everything is painting with works made by Bertalan Szekely at the end of 19th century.

    Matyas Templom: inside
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