Heaven on Earth Matthias Church Budapest Hungary

Heaven on Earth Matthias Church Budapest Hungary

Heaven on Earth Matthias Church Budapest Hungary is a Roman Catholic church located in front of the Fisherman’s Bastion at the heart of Buda’s Castle District. According to church tradition, it was originally built in Romanesque style in 1015.   The first church on the site was founded by Saint Stephen, King of Hungary in 1015. This building was destroyed in 1241 by the Mongols.  The current building was constructed in the latter half of the 13th century.  Originally named after the Virgin Mary, taking names such as “The Church of Mary” and “The Church of Our Lady,” Matthias Church was named after King Matthias in the 19th Century.  It was King Matthias who ordered the transformation of its original southern tower.

The current building was constructed in the florid late Gothic style in the second half of the 14th century.  Matthias Church was extensively restored in the late 19th century. It was the second largest church of medieval Buda and the seventh largest church of the medieval Hungarian Kingdom.

During World War II the church was badly damaged. Matthias Church was used as a camp by the Germans and Soviets in 1944–45 during the Soviet occupation of Hungary. The church was largely renovated between 1950 and 1970 with funding from the Hungarian government. The bell tower was restored, along with renovation of interior paints and frescos. The five-manual organ, which had been destroyed during the war, was updated and sanctified in 1984.

A thorough restoration program was carried out from 2006 to 2013. Half of the HUF 9.4 billion cost was met by the government.

It is home to the Ecclesiastical Art Museum, which begins in the medieval crypt and leads up to the St. Stephen Chapel. The gallery contains a number of sacred relics and medieval stone carvings, along with replicas of the Hungarian royal crown and coronation jewels.  For more information follow this link://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthias_Church

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