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Crowning jewel of the castle district, this church has played a central role in the religious and, at times, political life of Hungary for the last 700 years. The Hungarian King received his coronation here and was then introduced to the Buda townspeople.
Szentharomsag ter 2
Országház utca 14 District I
1014 Budapest, Hungary
NileGuide Expert tip:
What most people miss is the small, but intriguing museum upstairs featuring the story of King St. Stephen's crown. On the left side of the church, you can view King Béla IV's tomb alongside his queen. Entry to the church is free during Sunday services, but not to the museum.
As you walk through this former medieval settlement, you will find Matthias Church (Mátyás templom) at Holy Trinity Square (Szentháromság tér). The center of the square has the plague monument, erected in 1713 as a remembrance for those lost to the plague, but the real attention grabber is the green and gold tiles that decorate the church's roof and the rococo spire reaching upward. Much of the church is scaffold covered due to renovations that will last until 2012. Exquisitely proportioned, the inside is in baroque style with leftover Turkish influences from their earlier invasion.