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  The Statue of Matthias Corvinus  
The Hungarian authorities decided, in 1894, to raise a bronze statue in the memory of Matthias Corvinus, to commemorate 450 years from his birth and 400 years from his death.

Born in Cluj, Matthias Corvinus was the second son of the Romanian leader John of Hunedoara, former king of Hungary, and Elisabeta Szilagy. The name "Corvin" derives from his heraldinc bearings, displaying a raven (corvus, in latin). Matei ruled Hungary between 1458, when he was made a king at the age of 15, until 1490. Yet he was crowned later, in 1464. In 1485, he and his army reached Vienna, and established there the capital city of his kingdom. Known as a reputed and feared fighter against the Ottomans, Matthias Corvinus also contributed to a great extent to the prosperity of his town helping at the (re)construction of many churches (including St. Michael's Cathedral) and granting the citizens many economic privileges.

 
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The statue was designed by Fadrusz Janos, whose work of art won the Great prize of the Paris World Exhibition, in 1900. Unveiled in 1902, it was inaugurated as the statue of "Matthias, king of Hungary".

The majestic statue is 12 meters high and covers 20 square meters. The composition centers on the equestrian statue in front of which a few historical characters are rendering homage: the old army leader Blasiu Magyar, the governor of Timisoara, Pavel Chinezu, the Hungarian viceroy Stephen Zapolyai and the Transylvanian voivode Stephen Bathory.

The statue was restored and inaugurated in 2011, in a joined financial contribution of the Goverments of Romania and Hungary.

 
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