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Matthias Church, Budapest
(4.6/5 based on 4,600+ reviews on the web)
At Matthias Church, 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. Plan to see Matthias Church and other attractions that appeal to you using our Budapest tour planner.
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  • Well worth the small price of admission. This is a very attractive church building. It can get a little crowded -- there were wall-to-wall people during our visit -- so it might make sense to time you...  more »
  • Next to the fishermen's Bastion this church is so beautiful on the outside as inside. Mix of different styles and cultures is a must,
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  • Matthias Church is an active Roman Catholic church located in Budapest, in front of the Fisherman's Bastion at the heart of Buda's Castle District. The 700 year old church on Castle Hill was the scene...  more »
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  • The Matthias Church is one of my favourite places. The church is just beautiful with a roof that reminds the best Gaudi buildings. Inside the church you have an small exposition that you can visit as well. You can do the tower tour which has very good views of Budapest. The surrounding area of the church is just brilliant, and the Fisherman's Bastion is an awesome piece of architecture.
  • Superb medieval Gothic style cathedral with vaulted ceilings and elaborately painted interior walls. Upstairs gallery gives good view and also little museum on sa me level. Shop on ground floor. Good rainy day trip. See also adjacent 12th C chapel.
  • This Cathedral was breathtaking inside. There was a small fee to get in, just a couple Euros, and was well worth the visit. Go inside and see this place! They allow pictures and occasionally have symphonies and other things going on in the evenings. Great place to visit!
  • Even if you dont plan to visit the church from inside although it is recommended, the pictures taken outside the church are always wonderful. It a nice piece of gothic architecture
  • The tiles on the roof are very colorful and are actually weather proof. Worth a visit just for the exterior of this building.