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Matthias Church

Matthias Church
Matthias Church
#About the Beautiful Church on the Citadel Hill

Matthias Church (Matyas Templom) bears the name of King Matthias, who married the love of his life, Queen Beatrice. Previously it was called "Our Lady's Church."

The church was built in the 15th century on the ruins of an ancient church built here in the 13th century. King Charles Rover arrived here from Anjou after his official coronation at Skaschfuhrer and was crowned in another religious ceremony.

The Matthias Church was built in the 13th century, but what we see today is mostly reconstruction from the 19th century. Then the church was built in the neo-Gothic style we see today. In the magnificent church space, there are wonderful stained-glass windows. As is customary in such churches, the magnificent 19th-century stained-glass windows depict events from the lives of Christian saints.

If you look to the right of the apse, you will see steps leading to the church museum. Here are religious artifacts, Christian icons and a hint of the treasures of the past by the kings of Hungary.

There is also a reconstruction of a medieval crypt, that holds remains of ancient graves.

A Closer Look:

Szent Istvn Szobra
Saint Stephen Statue
#About the Large Statue of the Kings of Hungary

The Saint Stephen Statue, located between the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church, is an impressive bronze statue, placed on a multi-level stone base, with four marble lions carved at each edge.

In the statue, Stephen (István), the first king of Hungary, is seen riding on a horse and carrying a royal wand in his right hand. St. Stephen, the first Hungarian Christian king, was crowned in 1001. He was born a pagan, but was baptized at the age of ten, as part of an alliance his father had made with the neighboring Christian states.

Stephen was the first Christian king of Hungary. When he received the monarchy, he was fought by pagan nobles, including his uncle, who was supposed to take power and felt deceived. But Stephen succeeded in uniting all the Midian tribes and was assisted by the Christian nobles of Slovakia.

When Stephen asked Pope Sylvester II to recognize him as a Christian king and allow him to appoint bishops, the latter refused. But one night later, in the dream of the Pope, the angel Gabriel appeared and ordered him to agree to the request of the Hungarian king. This dream, by the way, is commemorated in the statue of the Archangel Gabriel, which was placed on a post at the Heroes' Square in Budapest. The Pope fulfilled the angel's decree and sent a golden crown to Stephen, which had since become the symbol of Hungary. The crown was attached to an apostolic cross and a letter that recognized him as a Christian king.

From here, St. Stephen divided Hungary into districts and duchies, and ordered every ten villages to build a church and appoint a priest. He himself used to visit secretly and in disguise, the churches and cities, and donated money to the needy and the people he met. Legend has it that even when he was robbed by a bunch of beggars, he was exposed as the king, but spared their lives.

A Closer Look:

Statue of Andreas Hadik
Statue of Andreas Hadik
#About the Statue of the Horse with the Shiny Balls

The statue of Andras Hadik is a nice statue placed on a small street on Buda Hill. You can see an important man riding a horse, not an unusual sight in European cities like Budapest. But look closely, this statue has something interesting about it.

Notice the contrast of the color of the horse, to the horses' balls, on Castle Hill in Buda. For whoever saw the statue of Juliet in the city of Verona, Italy, knows that the shiny part of a statue is the one that is usually touched by endless amounts of people. While the one who touches for Juliet are by tourists, the ones to touch the balls of the horse are...students!

Every year, in May, when the students in Budapest begin finals, students come to shine the balls of the horse, as a good luck charm on their exams.

If you thought that maybe these actions are embarrassing, think again. This is a real ceremony - the Ceremony of Shining of the Balls.

אֵאוּרִיקַה - האנציקלופדיה של הסקרנות!

העולם הוא צבעוני ומופלא, אאוריקה כאן בשביל שתגלו אותו...

אלפי נושאים, תמונות וסרטונים, מפתיעים, מסקרנים וממוקדים.

ניתן לנווט בין הפריטים במגע, בעכבר, בגלגלת, או במקשי המקלדת

בואו לגלות, לחקור, ולקבל השראה!

אֵאוּרִיקַה - האנציקלופדיה של הסקרנות!

נראה שכבר הכרתם את אאוריקה. בטח כבר גיליתם כאן דברים מדהימים, אולי כבר שאלתם שאלות וקיבלתם תשובות טובות.
נשמח לראות משהו מכם בספר האורחים שלנו: איזו מילה טובה, חוות דעת, עצה חכמה לשיפור או כל מה שיש לכם לספר לנו על אאוריקה, כפי שאתם חווים אותה.