"The miraculous church" Mathias Church - Mátyás Templom Tip by mikey_e

  Mátyás király under the scaffolding
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  • Mátyás király under the scaffolding - Budapest
      Mátyás király under the scaffolding
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  • The monument out front of church - Budapest
      The monument out front of church
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Matthias Church is the second-largest Gothic church in Buda, and is one of the spectacular sights of the Castle District. The first church that was built in this sport was constructed in 1015, but it was reconstructed in the 14th century. The church?s name comes from King Matthias, who order the construction of the characteristic tower on the south side of the church. Much of the church was destroyed not just in the Christian siege of Ottoman-occupied Budapest but earlier than that, when the building was converted to a mosque and the interior was completely stripped and whitewashed. Apparently, during the 1686 siege, the Christians made a direct hit on the church-mosque and one of the walls crumbled. A votive statue of the Virgin was uncovered ? in front of the entire mosque full of praying soldiers. The city fell on the same day thanks to a complete collapse in Ottoman morale. Restoration work was, fortunately, long: no one really completed anything that fully pleased the people of Buda until the turn of the 19th century, when Schulek (responsible for the nearby Fisherman?s Bastion) uncovered some of the original Gothic characteristics of the church and added his own neo-Gothic touches (the roof tiles and the Gargoyles) to give Mátyás király its current unique form. When I visited there was some heavy work underway, perhaps in preparation for the millennium anniversary of the first church in this area. Unfortunately, it obscured the incredible Gothic tower too much.

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
Website: http://www.matyas-templom.hu

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 15, 2009
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