Although officially its name is the church of Our Lady, everyone knows it as Matthias church. It is the most important Catholic Christian temple in Budapest, and one of the most beautiful in all of Hungary, perhaps due to its eclectic architecture, the result of all the renovations that it has undergone throughout history.
It stands in the neighborhood of Castle, on the Buda side, and is one of the most visited ecclesiastical monuments in Budapest today. Of course, it is not for less, given its incredible beauty. Also, as his acoustics It is really good, in Matías church there are many concerts of organ and classical music.
Eclectic where they are
Although Matías' church was built from the 13th to the 15th century, under the reign of Béla IV, its current appearance is determined by the multiple reforms and extensions that it has undergone over the years, and that have changed its appearance.
In its origins, it is believed that it was built on an old church from 1015 built by the first Hungarian king, Saint Stephen I. Later, it was Béla IV who ordered the construction the church of our lady on the remains of that first church. All the kings after Béla IV made a modification, such as Matthias I of Hungary that transformed the church to the Renaissance style (hence the nickname of the temple).
The last remodeling, at the end of the 19th century, gave the church a marked style neo-gothic, which survives today. The ceiling stands out, with beautiful multicolored tiles. Inside, they can be seen frescoes and stained glass of great beauty made by the most important artists in the country.
A curious fact: Matías' church was the chosen setting for the coronation of various kings. Charles IV, the last king of the Habsburgs, was also the last monarch to be crowned in the temple, in 1916.
Matthias Church - The Church of Our Lady of Buda Castle (January 2021)
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