The photo in this post is that of the statue of the Virgin Mary and Christ. The picture was taken from inside Matthias Church in Budapest, Hungary. The statue is sacred among Hungarians for the legend surrounding it known as the “Mary-Wonder”. The statue was allegedly created in 1515. When the Ottoman Turks invaded the city and gained control, Matthias Church became the city’s main Mosque. Ornate Catholic frescoes on the church walls were whitewashed and interior furnishings were stripped out. To save the majority of ecclesiastical treasures inside the church, many items were shipped to Pressburg (Now Bratislava). However, the statue of Virgin Mary and Christ were nowhere to be found and many thought that it was destroyed. In 1686 the Siege of Buda commenced, where the Holy League took back control of Buda from the Ottoman Empire. Legend has it that during the battle a wall of Matthias Church collapsed due to cannon fire. Behind that wall was the hidden statue of Virgin Mary and Christ. The sculpture emerged before a praying Muslim garrison of troops which fled in fear. That same day the city of Buda fell into the Holy League’s hands. For more on Matthias Church check one of my previous posts.