Matthias Church, Budapest, Hungary
400AD-1400AD-Middle Ages Europe Hungary

Matthias Church – a majestic church in Budapest

March 12, 2021
TypeChurch, Religios
Construction YearFirst reference: 1015
Rebuild: 13th century
Other NamesThe Church of the Assumption of the Buda Castle, Coronation Church of Buda, The Church of Our Lady of Buda Castle
Getting thereBy BUS:
16/16A Szell Kalman Square (M2)
#16 from Deak Ferenc Ter (M1, M2, or M3)
By BUDA Castle Funicular:
– from Clark Adam Square (at the foot of the Chain Bridge) to Castle Hill
Visiting Hours Monday – Friday – 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday – 09:00 – 13:00
Sunday – 13:00 – 17:00
The Bell Tower – daily, 10:00 – 17:00. It can only be visited with a guide. Tours start at every hour, max 15 persons can go up.
Important: The church may be closed due to special events.
TicketsAdults: 6 E
Dress CodeMen must wear long trousers (no shorts) and cover their shoulders, women must not have either bare shoulders or skirts shorter than knee length.
Official Site
LocationBudapest, Szentháromság tér 2, 1014 Hungary, Europe

Matthias Church

Matthias Church is located in the Holy Trinity Square, Budapest, Hungary, in front of the Fisherman’s Bastion at the heart of Buda’s Castle District.

Matthias Church, Budapest, Hungary

Two Kings of Hungary were crowned here: Franz Joseph I of Hungary and Elisabeth, and Charles IV of Hungary and Zita of Bourbon-Parma.

King Béla IV was the one who started the construction of the Castle District as a siege-proof residence against the Mongol invasion.

Mary Gate (Southwest)

This Gate depicts Virgin Mary falling asleep and is the oldest part of the building. In the lower area, the dying Virgin is on her knees among the apostles, while the top part shows Christ welcoming the soul of his mother, the Virgin Mary represented by a baby.

Matthias Bell Tower

 The view from the top of Bell tower is worth climbing 200 stairs.

St. Laszlo Chapel

 Is the chapel at the end of the northern aisle with fresco scenes from the life of King Laszlo.

The Museum of Ecclesiastical Art

After touring the beautiful Matthias Church, a visit to The Museum of Ecclesiastical Art will complete your visit. The museum contains sacred relics, medieval stone carvings, an exact replica of the Hungarian royal crown and coronation jewels.

Statue of the Virgin Mary with Christ

Legend has it that when the Turks put Buda castle under siege, people hide the statue inside a wall. The Turks didn’t find it. In 1686 an explosion demolished the walls revealing the statue. The Turks took this as a sign so they gave up this part of the castle without a fight.

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