When Matthias Church was built in the 13th century, it was the first church in the town of Buda. It was a masterpiece of Hungarian Gothic art, where medieval kings came for mass.
Style renewals and facelifts
When, as part of pan-European efforts to oust the Ottoman from Europe, Buda was eventually recaptured in 1686, the mosque was reconverted to a Catholic church, but this time in the era’s highly popular Baroque style. The church saw the coronation of Franz Joseph I and his wife, Empress Elisabeth (or Sissi as the Hungarians liked to call her) in 1867 as well as that of Charles IV, the last King of Hungary and his wife, Princess Zita in 1916.