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For fans of military history, the adjoining Museum of Military History includes weapons, uniforms, flags, and artwork.Behind the Matthias Church, at the exact spot where the local fishermen's guild built their defense installations in the Middle Ages, is the spectacular Fisherman's Bastion.Although the interior was stripped and destroyed during the war, parts are open to the public, and these contain its museums and galleries: the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum, and the Széchenyi National Library.
The oriel balcony, small towers, courtyard, and staircase are of particular architectural interest, and below the east oriel window you can see Pallas Athene, by Carlo Adami (1795).
Under King Matthias, after whom the church is named, side-chapels were added, together with an oratory for the royal family and a new south tower bearing the arms of Matthias Corvinus, dated 1470.
In 1867, Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and his consort Elisabeth were crowned rulers of Hungary here (Franz Liszt composed the famous coronation mass for the occasion).
The Royal Chapel contains a beautiful 15th-century triptych and Gothic sculptures.
Other highlights include a restored section of the medieval castle and the rib-vaulted Gothic Hall.
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Highlights include rare documents, ceramics, wrought-iron work, textiles, household utensils, and other objects that give a picture of life as it once was in the independent towns of Óbuda, Buda, and Pest up to 1872.