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Ecclesiastic Art Collection of the Matthias Church of Buda Castle - Budapest
Ecclesiastic Art Collection of the Matthias Church of Buda Castle
Address: 1014, Budapest Szentháromság tér 2.
Phone number: (1) 488-7716
Opening hours: 01.04-31.10.: Mon-Fri 9-17, Sat 9-12, Sun 13-17; 01.11-31.03.: Mon-Sat 9-17, Sun 13-17
Cult and culture do not only belong together etymologically. It is enough to study the history of the Main Church of Budavár to make sure of it: liturgy, in a broader sense the belief in God, is a world building and maintaining culture. When we look at culture created by culture, we know that the whole history of the church belongs here. The collection of the church demonstrates what was born and developed in connection with the church throughout time on the field of applied- and fine art. It all opens up and mirrors the value of liturgy.

To give the best for the ceremonies of honoring God was always the order of consciousness in all times. The Nagyboldogasszony Main Church of Budavár was the owner of excellent objects of goldsmithery and fine cloths mainly donated by royal and noble courts. These objects were made for liturgical use. They are really 'alive' under those circumstances. It is natural that it is important to preserve tradition. By now, the objects became part of collections of museums. The aim of our exhibition is the same: we want to show the power of faith in creating faith and culture.

After WWII, the church was slowly rebuilt. The vicar János Tóth founded the Collection of Ecclesiastic Art, the museum of the church in 1966. It was located in the chapels, side rooms, oratory and the gallery of the church. The institution has been the base of preserving the church. The dear objects of use became museum objects. However, at important festivities some of them are still used occasionally.

By now nothing was preserved of the rich collection of treasures that characterized the church in the Middle Ages since the 'enlightened' hat king, Joseph II frittered away everything in 1875. Thus, the church has mainly Baroque objects received as donations from the middle of the 18th century.

The museum of the church received several objects in the past few years as donations but also bought some. The chalices and chasuble from before the Baroque period are some of the donations. Among these, we can mention a casula embossed with a Christ figure from the 15th century. An embroidered chasuble cross from the same time is also part of the collection. The material from later has also grown: a leather chasuble from the 17th century as well as a copy of a goldsmith object made originally made in the 14th century.

The room for the collection always seems to me too small but the organizers always try to represent the history of the church. The copies of the holy crown and the coronation regalia were made in this sense in the 60's. At that time, the copies very extremely important since the original crown and regalia were the property of the USA who treated them as wa-booty. Those who believed the importance of the crown and the history behind took their children to the copies to see them.
Opening hours
01.04-31.10.: Mon-Fri 9-17, Sat 9-12, Sun 13-17; 01.11-31.03.: Mon-Sat 9-17, Sun 13-17
Ticket prices
Individual ticket for adults
(valid for the church + the exhibition)
1400 HUF
Individual ticket for adults
(valid for the Mátyás-tower)
1400 HUF
Individual ticket for students
(valid for the church + the exhibition)
1000 HUF
Individual ticket for students
(valid for the Mátyás-tower)
1000 HUF
Individual ticket for pensioners
(valid for the church + the exhibition)
1000 HUF
Individual ticket for pensioners
(valid for the Mátyás-tower)
1000 HUF
Ticket for families
(valid for the church + the exhibition, 2 adults + more children)
3500 HUF
/ family
Ticket for families
(valid for the Mátyás-tower)
3500 HUF
/ family
Group ticket for pensioners
(5-15 people)
11000 HUF
/ group
Group ticket for pensioners
(16-25 people)
17000 HUF
/ group
Group ticket for pensioners
(26-45 people)
33000 HUF
/ group
Group ticket for students of primary schools
(45 min.)
12000 HUF
/ group
Group ticket
(45 min.)
9000 HUF
/ group
Group guide
(max. 5 people)
2500 HUF
/ group
Group guide
(max. 50 people)
6000 HUF
/ group
Group guide
(max. 5 people)
2500 HUF
/ group
Group guide
(max. 50 people)
6000 HUF
/ group
Contact
Address 1014 Budapest, Szentháromság tér 2.
Address Országház u. 14.
Museum manager
Mátéffy Balázs
Telephone
(1) 488-7716
Fax
488-7717
E-mail
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