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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Joao Gordicho (21 months ago)
This is a cool tower were you have to climb several narrow stairs in order to arrive to a kind of observatory but is wort it. You'll have some nice views from Buda over to Pest. We've visited this attraction for free with the Budapest 72h card. It's very easy, you just need to show the card at the entrance. The Budapest card gives you lots of free access and discount access options in Budapest.
Mark Lynch (21 months ago)
Fun visit and climb up the tower (172 steps). Wonderful views of Budapest from the top. Worth the 1500 Krona each.
Krisztina Leban (2 years ago)
Nice place to visit.. In a great historical area
travel 25.io (2 years ago)
The Church of Mary Magdalene was built in the 13th century and it can tell a lot about Hungarian history. During the Ottoman Occupation of Hungary it was the only functioning Christian church in the country but then it was transformed to a mosque in the 16th century. Its original function was later restored and it was used by Franz I as the coronation venue. It was damaged a lot in the World Wars and it was almost completely destroyed during the Communist Era. Today you can go to the top and have a great view over Budapest and while you go up steep stone stairs you can feel its long history. Enjoy the life, travel25
Sebastian Grimm (2 years ago)
It was the oldest church in town. The view from the top is really nice. It is possible to open the windows to get a better view for a picture.
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