Mathias Church : Michelin's recommendations
The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption owes its present name (19th century to King Mathias Corvin. A church has existed on this site since the reign of Béla IV, but what we can see today is the masterpiece of Frigyes Schulek: the Austrian emperor, François-Joseph I, sovereign of Hungary in 1967, ordered the works to be done. The outside is worth looking at in detail: the roofs are covered in beautiful glazed tiles that date back to the 15th century. The Mathias tower rises up 80 m above the main façade and there is the Romanesque Béla tower to the left of the portal. The main portal is topped with a tympanum showing the Virgin Mary with child and two angles and the south portal or Mary's door dates back to the times of Lous I, the Great. Inside the church, the walls and pillars are abundantly decorated with paintings using geometrical motifs or plants inspired by the Middle Ages or Art Nouveau. The St-Ladislas Chapel is decorated with frescos depicting the life of the saint, a knight king in the 11th century, painted by Károly Lotz. The Chapel of the Trinity contains the sacrophages of King Árpadien, Béla III and his wife. There is a beautiful three-winged altarpiece in the St-Émeric chapel, representing the prince, Saint Émeric. A good example of sculptured stone, the baptismal fonts have a bowl supported by small columns whose base is decorated with a lion. The Lorette Chapel, behind a beautiful forged iron gate, is devoted to worshipping the Virgin Mary. There is no doubt that this magnificent building, which houses the Museum of Sacred Art, deserves to be one of the city's most visited sites.
Opening hours :
- 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
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