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Matthias Church

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Budapest, Hungary.

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There are some buildings which seem inexplicably tied to the fortunes of a place and the Matthias Church is one such construction. It’s not only seen coronations and royal weddings, it’s also been occupied by Islam and turned into a mosque, its religious treasures shipped out and frescos painted over. One of the most interesting stories from the occupation is that as the tides of war were turning and the Holy League were heading back into the city a wall collapsed under cannon fire revealing a statue of Mary that gave the praying Muslims a bit of a nasty turn – and the city supposedly fell the same day.

According to the church’s own tradition the first church on this spot was here from early on in the 11th Century, but the current Gothic masterpiece dates from the second half of the 14th Century. After the Islamic siege the church was repaired but it wasn’t fully spruced, with its diamond patterned roof tiles and gargoyles clinging to the fine spires, until the 19th Century.

The church has its own Ecclesiastical Art Museum inside.

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Matthias Church

The most prominent building of the civil part of the Castle district is the Matthias church. The church is 700 years old but had been rebuilt several times. Its style is Neo –Gothic and only the core of the walls are of medieval origin. It was the biggest mosque during the 150 years old Turkish occupation.

The rich music life of several centuries had made this church a special music centre of Hungary. The church Choir and Orchestra regularly participates on the Sunday high masses (held in Latin) at 10 a.m. If you like the organ music you can attend service at 8.30 a.m, midday or 6.p.m. Tickets to visit both the church and the museum are valid for the guided tours starting at scheduled hours. The sacred chapel is free of charge for visitors.

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