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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 1: Matyas Church, Budapest

Matyas Church, Interior

Budapest’s Matyas Church has several names, but is mostly known from its naming for both King Mathias and the saint he was named for. Built starting in 1015, it was extensively rebuilt in the 15th and 19th centuries. Located at Budapest’s castle, it is closely associated with the Habsburg rulers of Austria-Hungary, and was the scene of several coronations.


All that history aside, what impressed us most was the intricate roof and especially the effects of light on the dark interior.


Budapest has many other notable religious sites; two others are in the slideshow below. The Dohany Ut Synagogue, built in the late 19th century, is one of the largest synagogues in the world. Restored after World War II, it is also home to Budapest’s Jewish Museum. The other shown below is the Cave Church; the Gothic-style entrance in the picture and tower at the right open into a natural cave in Gellert Hill, turned into a church by Pauline monks.



Images (5)
  • Matyas Church, Interior
  • Cave Church
  • Dohany Ut Synagogue
  • Matyas Church
  • Roof of Matyas Church

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