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"Matyas Fountain" Matthias Fountain Tip by grkboiler

Matthias Fountain, Budapest: 12 reviews and 28 photos

  Matyas Fountain
by grkboiler

The Matyas Fountain is located in a courtyard at the Royal Palace. It was built in 1904. The story behind the fountain comes from a 19th century ballad by Hungarian poet Mihaly Vorosmarty. It represents King Matyas Corvinus on a hunting expedition with a peasant girl, Ilonka, who meets him and falls in love with him. A tradition says that anyone who wishes to return to Budapest should throw some coins into the fountain.

King Matyas (1443-1490) was one of Hungary's greatest rulers. Under his rule, Hungary reached its greatest territorial expansion. The name Corvinus comes from the Latin word corvus, meaning raven, which was a part of his family coat of arms. He was educated in Italian and spoke Hungarian, Latin, Czech, Slovak, German, Croatian, and other Slavic languages. He was born in what is now present day Cluj-Napoca in Romania.

Address: District I
Directions: On the top of Castle Hill (Varhegy). Funicular from Clark Adam ter (Buda bridgehead of the Chain Bridge), bus #16 from Deak F. ter, bus VAR from Moszkva ter. No cars allowed.

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  • Updated Nov 16, 2004
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