Next to St. Stephen`s Basilica, the Matthias Church - in the Buda part of the capital - is Budapests most famous church. The name was given in honour of King Matthias Corvinus, who was a famous defender of Hungary against Turkish invasions in the 15th century. His coat of arms-symbol - a raven - can be seen above a church gate.
At least three historic coronation ceremonies took place in this church: Karl I. of Anjou (1309), Franz Joseph I. (1867) and Karl IV (1916) were crowned here. The church dates back to the 13th century, but in each era, new architecture was added; the result is a mixture of romanic, gothic, renaissance, and baroque elements. Extensive neo-gothic-additions at the end of the 19th century concluded the building history.
Typical for the Matthias Church are extensive decorative interior paintings, often depicting historical or religious legends, the colourful tile roof, and the two towers of different height. It is possible to make a guided tour to the viewing platform of the tower, which is very worthwhile. Inquire for tickets and tour times at the kiosk opposite the church.
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).
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.
I thought the exterior of Matthias Church was outstanding - Well, the interior was even better!
How do I describe the interior of this magnificently decorated Church?
Unique, elaborate, magnificent, exotic - You will just have to come and see for yourself the oriental interior with the elaborately detailed gilt walls. There are beautiful lights, colorful patterns and motifs, frescoes and magnificent stained glass windows and much more.
The main altar is beautiful! The Loreto Chapel has the statue of the Baroque Madonna, a replica of the original in the Italian village of Loreto.
In the Ecclesiastical Art museum are beautiful sacred relics such as old chalices and vestments, medieval stone carvings, along with replicas of the Hungarian royal crown and coronation jewels.
REMEMBER TO GO UPSTAIRS TO THE GALLERY
ADMISSION IN 2013
•Adults: HUF 1,000
•Students & Senior Citizens (EU): HUF 700
•Children under 6: Free
•Families of 4+ (parents and children only): HUF 2,500
•Audio Guide: HUF 500
You can use your ticket to visit the church itself as well as the museum within Matthias Church.
Your ticket can be used to take part in the guided tours starting at given hours.
Weekdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
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
Matthias Church is a Roman Catholic Church that was originally built in the Romanesque style in 1015, although the current building is of a Gothic style and was built in the 14th century and restored in the 19th century. The church was officially called the Church of Our Lady but gained its popular name after King Matthias who was responsible for the original south tower. During the 1 6 century when Buda came under Turkish rule the church was used as a mosque.
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Adults: 1,000 HUF
Children (Under 6): Free
Located on Castle Hill, with one of the most magnificent views in the city, the Matyas Church was originally built in 1095 as a Romanesque structure. Originally it served as the German community parish church. In the Middle Ages Hungarians were not even allowed to worship there. It is named after Matyas Corvinus (1443-1490) who was the King of Hungary. He attempted to modernize Hungary as was responsible to a new legal system for the kingdom, educational institutions and patronage of arts and sciences.
The church has been rebuilt and redesigned several times, which explains what might seem the large variety of styles. To me it seemed like an interesting mixture of styles and also a neat mixture of East and West. Remember, after all, the Matyas Church had been converted to a mosque during the Turkish occupation in the 1500's. There are stories of the Virgin appearing to Turkish worshippers while they were praying, whereupon their morale collapsed.
This wonderful church is well worth a visit, perched at Fishermans bastion it overlooks the Danube.
Wonderful building and wonderful interior
The accoustics are wonderful as well, when I visited, there was a mass on with a-capella (un-accompanied,) singing, wonderful to hear in there.
Matthias church(Matyas templom) dominates castle hill, a beautiful church for sure that was built in 1255, the first parish church in Buda and it’s dedicated to King Matthias of course that ruled from 1458 to 1490.
The ottoman turks turned the church into a mosque and destroyed most of the beautiful frescoes. The Jesuits tried to restored the church later but a proper reconstruction took place in late 19th century by Frigyes Schulek that added numerous beautiful details (patterned roof tiles, gargoyles etc).
We tried to get inside when a guard pointed us to the cashier at the other side of the square.
The entrance fee is 1000huf (900 with Budapest card) or 700 for students, pensioners
So finally we entered the church and realized that we were partly ripped off as no one told us the church was under renovation. Of course we still could enjoy some parts of it, there are many beautiful frescoes, stained glass windows, the neogothic triptych of high altar, a polychromatic wooden statue of Christ that dates from 18th century (pic 5) and many others relics and treasures etc
Many kings of Hungary were coroned in this church but also some of them were buried here, among them you can see a double sarcophagus of king Bela III and his wife.
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)
The Matthias Church is a beautiful building on the Buda side that dates from the late 1300s. Several royal events took place here such as King Matthias's wedding. It was used as a mosque during the Turkish occupation. Later, it was completely renovated in the late 1800s. In this church you can also visit the Ecclesiastical Art Museum. Seeing just the outside of the church is not enough...you must also see the beautiful interior. Although some things inside the church aren't original (like the paintings), the floor dates from the original structure. A visit here is a must since it's another part of Hungarian history!
The most important and the most cherished church in Budapest is the Matthias Church on Szentharomsag ter. A church has stood on this site ever since the beginning of 13th century, and it has been rebuilt several times.
Szentharomsag ter (square) itself was named after the Holy Trinity Column tha stands in its center.