St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), Budapest

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Visit the prominent Hungarian landmark St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), known for its 91 m (300 ft) Neo-Renaissance-style dome. This Roman Catholic basilica--built in the Neoclassic architectural style with a Greek Cross floor plan--was completed in 1905 and used for military purposes during World War II. While it is still used for religious worship today, this church is also one of the most visited tourist sites in the country. The right hand of St. Stephen I, the first King of Hungary, is housed in the church's reliquary. View the basilica's structure and bell towers from the square in front of its main entrance, explore the interior of the church, and climb the 364 stairs (or take the elevator) to the top of the dome, which overlooks the city. Arrange your visit to St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Budapest using our Budapest journey planner .
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  • Beautiful church, though I have some criticisms to make, firstly, dimly lit, could not read and see anything, then the part reserved for tourists and really small. However the Church both externally and internally is beautiful.
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  • Twice we walked inside the Basilica. The earlier in the evening, during a concert (shudder!) and the second day, when we had more time to visit. The building is lovely, but there are two things that catch the visitor's attention: 1) the mummified right hand of Saint Stephen; 2) the balcony of the dome. It is from here that, about 90 metres high, you have the most beautiful view in the Buda hills and across Pest. If you suffer from Vertigo, don't worry. The walls are pretty high! :)
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  • The entrance to the Basilica is paid in the form of dobrovolknih annexes 200ft. In each case, a small price for what awaits you inside the walls. The architecture is beautiful. On the right hand side next to the relic-the hand of St. Stephen we have a statue of Stephen King of Hungary as the main altar stands a statue of St. Stephen, which is covered with a purple veil during Lent. The dome of the Church is absolutely beautifully painted. Especially impressed image fell apart on the left, which is an optical illusion and from whichever angle the Church's watch we have the impression that the cross and Jesus ' feet are facing towards us. Definitely worth a visit.
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  • We attended the Budapest Organ Concert. Not only were the performers and music outstanding, but acoustics were phenomenal! If you get the chance to attend this reasonably priced concert, you will not be disappointed. It is only held on Thursday nights. We bought our tickets on the morning of the concert and showed up a little before the doors opened at 7:15 to get a good seat. There are 3 different seating areas according to ticket price, but there are no reserved seats within each section. However, the view was pretty good from all sections, but I think it was worth the extra cost to be in the front section.
  • Beautiful Basilica. Entrance is free but they accept a donation. Recommended is 200huf around 0.75£. For the tower view and for the treasury you have to pay. From the treasury i was not amazed but worth it to know a little bit more about the history. The Basilica is beautiful outstanding from outside and inside too. Highly recommended. If you are coming around Christmas there is Christmas market where they beautifully lighting up the Basilica.
  • Impressive Basilica in a neoclassical style which may hold 8500 people. It houses Hungary’s most sacred treasure, St. Stephen’s mummified right hand, the Szent Jobb (Holy Right Hand). It is possible to go to the dome and to have a fantastic view of the city. Really impressive. There are also organ concerts taking advantage of the acoustic, but the entrance are between 20 and 30 Euros.
  • Huge building on one of the main streets in Budapest. The church inside is really beautiful, but the best part is for sure the top. For only 400ft (less than 1,5€) it is possible to reach the top and enjoy a wonderful view of Budapest. In particular, the sunset is stunning if there’s good weather. Enjoy!
  • Beautiful basilika that really takes one's breath away. Awesome view from the dome, fascinating history, wonderful interior and an ok exhibit in the top floor. Beautiful both at day time (inside and outside) and night time from the outside. Recommended!
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