Matthias Church

Matthias church is one of the city's oldest buildings. It is located on the Buda hill, next to the Fisherman's Bastion and close to the castle.

Matthias Church, known as the Mátyás-templom in Hungarian, is a very majestic and impressive church. It is one of the city’s oldest buildings and it is located on the Buda hill, in front of the Fishermen’s Bastion, not too far from the castle.

Also known as the Church of Our Lady, this holy building constructed in the florid late Gothic style has more than 700 years of history. It has been the site of several coronations as well as two royal weddings.

The building was transformed into a mosque during the Turkish reign; Matthias Church was brought back to its original majestic thanks to its restoration in the 19th Century. The roof is covered with the famous Zsolnay ceramic tiles, giving an extra touch of charm to the whole structure.

The church is characterized by a unique atmosphere and it is decorated with frescoes that have been added during the restoration works between 1895 and 1903. On the left wall there is a fresco representing the Renaissance; it includes some eastern details representing the Turkish reign in Hungary.

Matthias church is home to the ecclesiastical art museum, showcasing several sacred relics and replicas of the Hungarian royal crown and coronation jewels.

Useful Info

Organ concerts take place on July and August every Friday night starting from 8pm.

In order to reach the church you can climb the Castle Hill by taking the funicular that leaves just in front of the Chain Bridge, or you can take one of the many paths that will take you up to the top of the hill.

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