Matthias Church on castle hill Budapest

Matthias Church on castle hill Budapest

The magnificent 13th century church, which has undergone many changes over the centuries including its use as a Turkish mosque in 1541, and Baroque renovation in 1686 after the expulsion of the Turks. It collapsed in a fire in the Siege of Buda in 1686, revealing a Mary statue – considered a miracle. The church is now partially restored to its original Gothic plan, with the 19th c. addition of a famous (at the time controversial) diamond-patterned tile roof and spire with gargoyles. It houses medieval relics and ecclesiastical art, and continues as an active Catholic church today.


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