Matthias Church, Budapest

Yet another beautiful church of Budapest, the Matthias Church! Originally built in the year 1015, the exteriors got many restorations. The present look is the result of the extensive restoration work in late 1900s. Named after King Matthias, who ruled from 1458 to 1490, the church was the scene of several coronations including that of Charles IV in 1916 (the last Habsburg king). It was also the site for King Matthias’s two weddings.

Buda was captured by Turks in 1541, during the century and a half of Turkish occupation, the vast majority of its ecclesiastical treasures were shipped to Pressburg (present day Bratislava). The church became the city’s main mosque. The church was also a place of the so called Mary-Wonder. The interesting story is that, in 1686 during the siege of Buda by the Holy League a wall of the church collapsed due to cannon fire. As if by miracle an old votive Madonna statue hidden behind the wall got exposed. As the sculpture of the Virgin Mary appeared before the praying Muslims, the morale of the garrison collapsed and the city fell on the same day.

Architect Frigyes Schulek is credited with largely restoring St. Matthias Church to its original splendor. He added magnificent diamond patterned roof tiles and gargoyles. Here is a view of the beautiful tile patterns.

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30 Responses

  1. EG Wow says:

    The spire is magnificent! And the roof has an incredibly intricate design!

  2. Joop Zand says:

    Beautiful photographs….well done Indrani.

    Greetings, Joop

  3. Beautiful church, its enough to make one a christian.

  4. Leovi says:

    Wonderful, I love, the beautiful church of St Matthias. Greetings.

  5. Eindrückliche Bilder liebe Indrani…

    Grüsse aus der Schweiz


  6. Sylvia K says:

    What a beautiful church! Incredible spires and the roof tiles are awesome and so are your captures for the day, Indrani! Really superb! And such lovely blue skies! Hope you have a great weekend!


  7. I would love to visit Budapest, it looks very inviting in all your photos.

  8. Redruby says:

    lovely photos..thanks for sharing..i was there last august it..

    Ruby's Snapshots

  9. Laura says:

    exquisite photos Indrani!

  10. Vaish says:

    What a beautiful architecture – is that Romansque?
    And those tile patterns are amazing!

  11. magiceye says:

    interesting history and magnificent pictures!

  12. beautiful architecture…i am going to Budapest in a few weeks. I will hopefully see this magnificent place while there!

  13. Carver says:

    That's a stunning church and the blue sky sets it off so well. Very interesting information too.

  14. Kim, USA says:

    Wow I love the story and the I thought it's only the architecture that makes my eyes popped out but the roof is amazingly beautiful!! I have not seen a roof like that. Thanks fro sharing.


  15. George says:

    The story of the Mary-Wonder is very interesting. The church itself is simply gorgeous. The main spire is magnificent, and the roof tiles are beautiful.

  16. ladyfi says:

    How gorgeous! The patterns on the roof are a work of art.

  17. Ebie says:

    Love the tiles, a perfect work of art!

    Someday, I want to travel to places that you went.

  18. Randi says:

    Such a beautiful church! Love the roof tiles.

  19. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful church with such a colorful roof.

  20. eileeninmd says:

    Hi Indrani, everything about this church is beautiful. I love the spire. Your sky is gorgeous. Fantastic photos. Happy Skywatching!

  21. Beautiful church.

    Regards and best wishes

  22. Gary says:

    Really impressive. Well done. Boom & gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  23. Beautiful Church Spire

  24. FotoAnna says:

    Wow… that roof… amazing beautiful!
    Greetings from Holland,
    Anna :-))

  25. arabesque says:

    okay, i'm a loss for words here,
    just gorgeous arch. and wonderful set of fotos.
    happy weekend dear Indrani. ^0^

  26. Pietro says:

    Wonderful church, the roof is magnificent!

  27. Onkar says:

    Lovely pictures and the colours have come out so well in the last one.

  28. Very pleasing. However I feel, this ought to have been given the status of a Cathedral.

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