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A city of beautifully faded elegance

Panoramically divided by the Danube, Hungary’s capital exudes faded grandeur. Comprised of busy Pest and residential Buda, the Habsburg city of grand boulevards and elegant bridges was built in the late 1800s. Subsequent conflicts and Soviet rule left this heritage to crumble. With its five-star hotels, spa baths, landmark coffeehouses and key restaurants wonderfully restored, Budapest remains fascinatingly bullet-scarred but today able to provide top-notch services. An underground counterculture and savage party scene complete the picture.

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Matthias Church

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Matthias Church

A church with a rich and interesting history

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The exterior of Matthias Church was mostly added in 1896 in the Gothic style. The interior, decorated with works by outstanding 19th-century Hungarian painters, is a treat for visitors admiring this style of architecture.

A religious highlight of the church is the statue of the Virgin Mary and Christ created in 1515, when Budapest was under seige from the Turks. The locals there plastered over the niche where the famous statue was in order to hide it from the invaders. A Century later, an explosion crumbled the wall, revealing the marvelous sculpture.

A top venue for organ recitals and concerts of sacred music for a cappella choir or choir and orchestra all year round. Arrive early and get a seat close to the front to beat the cavernous acoustics.

Matthias Church
Szentháromság tér 2, Budapest
Area
Castle Hill
Phone
+36 1 355 5657 ‎
Website
www.matyas-templom.hu/
Hours
9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-noon Sat; 1-5pm Sun.
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