Matthias Church, Budapest and St. Peter’s Cathedral, Regensburg

The Matthias Church, Budapest, Hungary: The Matthias Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Budapest at the heart of Buda’s Castle District. It was originally built in Romanesque style in 1015. The current building was constructed in the Gothic style in the second half of the 14th century. The church was the venue for the coronation of the last two Hungarian Habsburg kings, Franz Joseph in 1867 and Charles IV in 1916. During World War II the church was badly damaged. Matthias Church was used as a camp by the Germans and Soviets in 1944–45 during the Soviet occupation of Hungary. The church was largely renovated between 1950 and 1970 with funding from the Hungarian government. The bell tower was restored and the five-manual organ, which had been destroyed during the war, was updated and sanctified in 1984.
St. Peter’s Cathedral, Regensburg Germany: St. Peter’s Cathedral is the most important church and landmark and the seat of the Catholic diocese of Regensburg. The church is the most important Gothic building in all of Bavaria and there has been a church on this site (fire claimed some of the early churches) as far back as 700 AD. The Regensburg Cathedral Choir is the official choir for the liturgical music at St Peter’s Cathedral. The choir consists of boys and young men only. The structure is considered the most significant Gothic work in southern Germany. The Cathedral is also the burial place of many important bishops.