Mátyás Templom (Matthias Church) is the symbol of Budavári Palota (Buda Castle), located at the heart of this quarter. Officially known as the Church of Our Lady but named after the much-loved 15th century Renaissance king, King Matthias, who got married twice here. It was originally built in Romanesque style in the 13th century, but unfortunately, there is not too much left. If you enter here today and look around your first impression is probably that this is a Gothic church because whenever it has been enlarged or rebuilt it always happened in Gothic style.
During the Turkish invasion it became the city’s main mosque and all its frescoes and medieval furnishings were destroyed. When the Turks were expelled, the church was given to the Franciscans and later to the Jesuits. In the second half of the 19th century the Church was rebuilt and restored to its original splendor in neo-Gothic style by architect Frigyes Schulek. Throughout the centuries, the church has remained a preferred site for celebratory events, such as royal weddings and coronation ceremonies. Nowadays, many concerts take place as the church has an excellent acoustics and the church is still very popular amongst wedding couples. There are several chapels in the church worth visiting, such as the Loreto Chapel, the St. Imre Chapel and the St. Stephen Chapel in the crypt. Once inside the church, a favorite stopping place of most visitors is the Ecclesiastical Art Museum which begins in the medieval crypt and leads up to the St. Stephen Chapel. You can find a number of sacred relics and medieval stone carvings, along with replicas of the Hungarian royal crown and coronation jewels. It is a beautiful church not to be missed during your stay in Budapest.
Weekdays: 9.00 – 17.00
Saturdays: 9.00 - 12.00
Sundays: 13.00 - 17.00
There is a possibility for renting audio guide. Please check entrance fees and visiting rules on the website of the church.
By bus No. 16 from Deák tér, or by bus No. 10 from Széll Kálmán tér to Castle Hill, or by car to Dísz tér and then on foot. If you need more adventure just take the Funicular (Sikló) which links Clark Ádám tér and Chain Bridge (Lánchíd) at river level to Buda Castle above.