Matthias Church, with the bright color of its tiled roof and its fantastic Neo-Gothic ornamentation, is one of the stand-out attractions of Castle Hill. Most of it dates from the late 19th century, but parts of the church are much older than that. It's named the Matthias Church because King Matthias I married Beatrice of Naples here in 1474.
It was here, in 1867, that Franz Liszt's Coronation Mass was first performed, and the church still has a strong musical tradition; try and catch a concert here if you can.
On the exterior of the church, check out the unusual diamond-patterned tiles of the roof and the Matthias Tower, which bears the king's crest animal, a raven with a gold ring in its beak. Also look out for the medieval columns on the bottom of the Béla Tower, with their studious monks and devilish animals.
Inside the church you'll find rich frescoes and a legendary Madonna statue - this Virgin is said to have saved the Castle from Turkish invasion when her face, revealed by a demolished wall, frightened them into retreat.
Excellent tour. Picked up by taxi from my hotel and taken to bus. Very informative guide, covered a lot of ground. Well worth the money, and a very good way to get your bearings at the beginning of a trip.
One of the most beautyful cities we have visited. The people, food and Budapest itself one of the best places I have ever visited. Viator selects the best things to do and see, our guide was amazing. Loved the visit and the tour we went on. Thanks for one the best trips ever. We took over 1,000 pictures! Dan
Great and very informative. As we only had a couple of days inBudapest, Anita showed us some great sights we would never have found. Great tour.
You can get to the Matthias Church on buses 16 and 16-A116.