Matthias Church, Budapest

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At Matthias Church--within World Heritage Site Buda Castle--admire an eclectic fusion of architectural styles. Originally built in the 14th century (although an 11th century church occupied the site previously), the church has undergone major expansion and renovation, most notably by the hand of Frigyes Schulek from 1873-96. On the outside, a rococo spire laden with snarling gargoyles and intricate detailing rises out of the main body of the church--a 15th century construction in the French style. Colorful chevrons and diamonds adorn the roof. Step inside and you'll find an interior even more elaborate than the exterior, where 19th century geometric patterns and tilework complement the restored medieval frescoes, bright stained-glass windows, and fluted pillars. Head upstairs for views of the Danube, or downstairs to see the treasury, which includes a replica of the Crown of St. Stephen. Put Matthias Church and other Budapest attractions into our Budapest road trip planning site , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • A sad thing though, a church should be a sanctuary, last night we were refused entry, and then shown the sign - NO TOURISTS?  more »
  • Don't forget to climb up to see the organ, the treasure and discover up close the decorations of the ceiling... It's worth a visit!
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  • A very beautifully decorated church on the Buda hill. The building is a joy to see and experience, both from the inside and outside. There are beautiful patterns and colors on its roof and everywhere inside. There's a small fee to enter but it's well worth it.
  • A lovely and fantastically decorated church on the Buda hill with spectacular views across the city. Inside every inch of the church is painted with elaborate patterns and images. There is also an upstairs balcony which is not well signposted and accessed through a doorway to the left, at the front of the church. It gives great views down into the church and contains an excellent historical display. Photography is allowed. As with many churches in Budapest you should be dressed modestly to enter, shoulders covered and no micro length skirts of shorts, they will provide shawls otherwise for a small charge. One of the must see locations in Budapest. Outside is the Fisherman's Bastion from where you get the city views. This is a separate ticket and there can be queues.
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