The King Matthias Corvinus House to be opened to the public

The birth home of King Matthias will be renewed and opened to the public, Minister of Development, Public Works and Administration Attila Cseke said at a press conference held in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca. The house was last restored in 1940 under the leadership of Károly Kós, Transylvania’s renowned architect.

“Together with the vice-rector of the University of Arts (the institution that presently uses the building), we outlined the possibility of helping achieve the complete restoration of the birth home of King Matthias from the budget of the Ministry of Development. We have offered this help and also requested that after the restoration, this house, which is well known by many and is also the oldest one in the city of Kolozsvár, be opened to tourists. We requested that the historical fact that King Matthias was born here should be represented by a memorial room and exhibition,” said Attila Cseke.

Mathias Corvinus, also known as the Righteous King, was born 578 years ago, on the 23rd of February, 1443, in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania. He is the son of János Hunyadi and is remembered as one of the most brilliant rulers of Hungary. Although constantly having to defend against internal challenges mounted by the gentry, his reign saw Hungary grow to its largest size territorially, while the arts, culture and overall standard of living made great strides as well.

Furthermore, his rule has powerful contemporary relevancy, as during his reign, Central Europe became a very unified region for the first time and not just in terms of politics.  Different religions and nations stood on common ground — an important message for Transylvanians today.

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Author: Blanka Székely