Budapest’s most attractive and most famous Catholic church, which due to its unique siting largely defines the view of the Castle quarter as seen from the Pest side.
The royal cathedral, the Church of Our Lady, was built in several stages between the 13th and 15th centuries. Today’s neo-Gothic form was given by major reconstruction work directed by Frigyes Schulek in 1896. Frescoes and stained glass windows in the church were made by some of the age’s finest artists (Károly Lotz, Mihály Zichy, Bertalan Székely).
The marvellous collection of the church includes the lapidarium, reliquary, coronation relics and the treasury with goldsmith masterpieces and church textiles.
A relatively youthful structure next to Matthias Church. Building started in 1895 on the designs of Frigyes Schulek. It was sited on the place of the medieval fish market and the walls protected by the guild of fishermen, whence the name. The neo-Romanesque bastion has only ever had a decorative role: it is a popular place to look out over Pest.
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