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. By using our Budapest vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and other attractions in Budapest.
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  • Huge, and very beautiful church that rays in all its Catholic pompøsitet, with the gold and marble in the floats. Free to get into the Church. You can also donate a little HUF at the entrance. Customers can get up and go on the outside of the dome, which is a fantastic view over the entire city. Definitely worth a visit. It costs 600 HUF to come up in the tower.
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  • In the shadow of this Basilica are common people together on the square. The imposing church is free to visit and also in addition to the architecture, the murals make the arches and curves in the building a great impression of cultural life of the Hungarians. The celebration on Sunday is bilingual: Hungarian and English.
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  • During our city tour we stopped here. Unfortunately had no time to see the inside.
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  • Stunning baroque style cathedral with some intricate interior details and interesting history. The cathedral is supposedly free to enter but beware that the attendant makes you make a donation of about 1 euro. Was quite peaceful to walk around. You also have the option to pay a little extra for the treasury and/or the panoramic view (roughly 2-3 euros each). We did the panoramic view which was well worth it. It's the best view from Pest in my opinion. Not to be missed.
  • It's breathtaking. Stands tall at impressive 96 meters and It looks like the highest building in Budapest! It was crowded with tourists inside and out. Inside interior is beautiful as well. If you want, you can check out the views from the cupola, but you will have to pay for it. It's not that expensive (500 HUF), but it was overcrowded so we didn't go. Next time :)
  • I've been to Budapest a few times, and I always return to this church. It's beautiful. St Stephen is the patron saint of the country, and in one room of the church you can see his hand. The ceilings are gorgeous.
  • This is one of the most beautiful buildings I ever seen. You can visit it without tickets. You just need to do a small donation depending on your choice.
  • Not that keen on churches, but this is beautiful, and perhaps what a Vatican Basilica would look like. On the whole, the statues in Budapest have warmth and a feeling of friendship. This is true of the statues in this Basilica.

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