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"Matthias Church" Mathias Church - Mátyás Templom Tip by Ewingjr98


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.

Address: 1014 Budapest, Orszaghaz utca 14
Directions: In the Castle District, next to Fisherman's Bastion. 'Varbusz' service from Moszkva ter metro to Szentharomsag ter or bus #16 from Deak F. ter to Disz ter.
Phone: (+36 1) 489-0717

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  • Updated Oct 17, 2007
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