Matthias Templom, Budapest is a Must Visit in Budapest!
Good-day Everybody! Today i would like to talk about this beautiful building in the picture, Matthias Templom.
Matthias Templom is situated in Szentharomsag Tér 2, Tér means square and can be visited Monday to Friday at 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. or 9 to 17, on Saturday 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. or 9 to 13 and on Sunday 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. or 13 to 17. After which time Matthias Templom is technically still open, but only for the people who want to pray. And if you are wandering around with your nose pointing the sky every two seconds ( no judgment here, i do it too) the old ladies who visit Matthias Templom to pray will observe you with their Hawkeye before the door. And they will deny you the access unless you can pull off puppy eyes and convince them otherwise. I know i didn't persuade them enough to let me in so I know I'll have to come back and visit the interior at the right visiting hour. I just lost track of time because before going there, my group and i stopped at the pastry shop i have talked about in my previous post; Matthias Templom is situated near the fantastic Pastry shop called Ruszwurm Cukraszda, which, again, i highly recommend! :)
SPOILER ALERT!! I am a History and Art enthusiast so now i am about to ramble like a fangirl about this. I hope you'll stick around anyway :) I'll keep it short i promise.
Matyas Templom ( the right name) is the most important sacred building of Budapest. The construction started in the XIII Century, and it had to undergo many structural changes before reaching the state we can all admire today. During the XV Century, the lateral Gothic chapels and the bell tower were added! Then the Turkish invasion took place ( 1541-1686), and this is fascinating to remember because all around the time the influences brought by them are still somewhat visible! See?? I am rambling! Back to the Church! During this time it was transformed into a Mosque, and during the battle for the liberation of Buda (initially Budapest was divided in the area of Buda and the city of Pest), the building was substantially damaged and not until 1874 with the architect Frigyes Schulek was it fixed! The restoration lasted till 1896, and thanks to the recovery and the chapels and decorative parts added by Schulek that we can this marvellous sight today!
I really hope this pictures and my text inspire you to visit this place and Budapest for the first time or to go back and visit it again and again. I Know i will come back and share it here on my Sven Journal baby. Have you visited this Church before? Do You have any recommendations for my next visit to Budapest?
Images: Google Images, as my icloud has eaten up 90% of my Budapest photo album ( shed a little tear)