"A pretty church up the hill" Mathias Church - Mátyás Templom Tip by Laura_Mexico

  Mathias church & Fishermans bastion from the river
by Laura_Mexico
 
  • Mathias church & Fishermans bastion from the river - Budapest
      Mathias church & Fishermans bastion from the river
    by Laura_Mexico
  • Mathias church - Budapest
      Mathias church
    by Laura_Mexico
 

This is one of the main churches in Budapest, which at some point (during the Turkish period) was a mosque too. You can notice that in the inner decoration, which is beautiful and colorful, different from most churches'.

However, it has some areas which haven't been refurbished and it looks a bit run down; there even is a chapel with their main worship figure/sculpture (a Virgin) inside which is in ruins and not open to the public, so the sculpture can barely be seen. It seems like someone's working on it, but I didn't see anybody at work, just materials and tools scattered all over. This is a bit disappointing especially taking into account that it is not cheap to access the church -- oh yes, you ALSO have to pay to go inside this church..... the fee is 5 USD (3.50 EUR) per person (2011), which I think is pretty high for a church which should be FREE like mostly everywhere. I suppose those funds go to the church's refurbishment works, but it seems that work is progressing very slowly, if at all.

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

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  • Updated Oct 11, 2011
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