The renovated bell and lookout tower of Budapest’s famous Matthias Church in the heart of the historic Castle District is now open to the public, the church’s priest has revealed.
The Fishermen’s Bastion and the so-called Schulek Stairs leading up to it, as seen from Hunyadi János (then: Albrecht) út, 1905. Mediaeval Hungarian war hero John Hunyadi’s statue is visible to the right, with the Matthias Church in the background. (photo: György Klösz/Fortepan.hu)
The tower was only open for visits to the upper classes ever since it was built by architect Frigyes Schulek in 1894, László Süllei said. The church received ten million forints (EUR 32 000) from the City of Budapest in 2012 towards renovation costs and the work was completed in June this year, he said. The observation balcony is at 46.7 metres from the ground and 197 steps are leading up to it, while the entire tower is 78 metres high, he explained.
The wreath-shaped lower balcony encircling the tower is open to visitors between 10 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
A top historic landmark of the Hungarian capital, tradition has it that the Roman Catholic church was originally built in Romanesque style in 1015, although no archaeological remains exist. The current building was constructed in the florid late Gothic style in the second half of the 14th century and was extensively restored in the late 19th century. It was the second-largest church of mediaeval Buda and the seventh-largest of the mediaeval Hungarian kingdom.
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