St. Mary Magdalene's Church Tower

Budapest, Hungary

The St. Mary Magdalene's Church, dating from the middle of the 13th century, originally served as the parish church for the Hungarian citizens of the town (the Mátyás Church was for the use of the town’s German citizens). During the 14th and 15th centuries it was enlarged several times. During the first-half of the Turkish occupation it remained the only Christian church in the Castle; during the second-half it was converted into a mosque. Following the defeat of the Turks in 1686 it was given back to the Franciscan Order, who demolished most of the church except for the tower, and used the stones to build a new single-nave church, in the Baroque style. As a result of the damage sustained by the church during the 2nd World War, the nave was demolished and only the Gothic style tower was restored. The ruins behind the church have been used to form an exhibition of the history of the church. In 1792 Emperor Francis I, King of Hungary, was crowned in the church.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Ruins in Hungary

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Travelology (4 months ago)
This church is a medieval church, but it was reconstructed in baroque style after the big damage it suffered during the fifth austro hungarian war and the liberation of Hungary from the ottoman invasion. Today remains only the tower and a window in a typical gothic style. It's a beautiful, magnific place, worth the visit. It brings you to another area.
Sam Tambago (11 months ago)
Beautiful church and tower overlooking Budapest!
MS Ahad (15 months ago)
Nice view of the ruins and historical buildings. You have to take the spiral stairs to get to the top of the tower.
janos horvath (20 months ago)
If you are crazy about unique views, this place is a must and worth to climb the 170 steps. Interesting and informative timeline display with history on each level.
annjay Lim (20 months ago)
We were nearby so we dropped here to take a look. It's free w 72hrs Budapest pass anyways but it has nth much, just stairs leading to the top to see the overview of the city but is blocked w pillars and closed windows. You could get the view somewhere else and it would be nicer imho. Personally, I wouldn't think it worth the trip if I've to pay for the ticket.
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