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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  • This is the most beautiful and important church in Budapest. The colors dance in it.There are colored glass that is the only remnant of the true church from the time of World War II. The dome of the.....  more »
  • Beautiful cathedral, very impressive in the old city of Budapest. Definitively worth admiring the majestic inside, lots of history behind the walls  more »
  • A beautiful basilica, both inside and outside. The interior is impressive while the architecture dominates the entire area.  more »
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  • Stunning stunning Basilica. Can't say enough about it. One of the most beautiful churches I've seen in Europe. Inside and out the decoration and attention to detail is magnificent. Go up to the dome for superb views of Budapest, be sure to walk all around the inside of the church for beautiful decoration and stained glass windows. Magnificent.
  • This building is stunning. The artwork on the ceiling and walls is beautiful. People mention having to pay to enter the Church - You do not, you only pay to ascend to the Dome, which is a very worth while experience also. I attended Mass here and the service was also great! Great choir and sermon.
  • This place is a great place to visit. A quiet place to have a moment of contemplation or reflection considering it's location in the hustle and bustle of Budapest. Once inside you get to see the amazing interior which is amazingly done. For 200ft you can light up the preserved hand of St Stephen. But once inside I definitely recommend taking a moment for yourself, enjoy the peace and look up at the wonderful artwork across the basilica. Once you have seen everything inside as you exit you can take a trip either by lift or by the 302 steps to the observation area at the top of the basilica around the dome where you will be treated to the most amazing views of Budapest. Definitely recommend it in a clear day but on any day it is fantastic. This place is one of my most favourite places in the world and every trip to Budapest is not complete without visiting the Basilica.
  • It's the second most important Basilica in Hungary (the seat of the archbishop of Hungary is in Esztergom). But, it's definitely one of the biggest and most beautiful Catholic churches in Hungary. Several years ago it was completely renewed and modernized out of funds of the European Union. Since then, it looks honestly really nice. The "Holy Right Hand" (the remains of the intact right hand of Hungary's first King, St. Stephen) is stored and visible here. Also, there are some famous people buried in the basement of the church. There are two towers in total, which are reachable for visitors via elevators - a fantastic panorama of the Hungarian capital, Budapest, is offered from there.
  • We spent Christmas in Budapest, the city was so beautiful especially at night with all the wonderful lights. Rather than go in the Basilica this time we spent time wandering around it's wonderful Christmas market with a wonderful array of stalls and street food. The chimney cake was delicious. As I get around in a wheelchair it was very crowded but with a bit of patience and determination was able to see all the stalls and make some purchases. On the front of the Basilica were projected Christmas scenes. We went there in the dark too and again all the lights made it magical. A brilliant experience!!

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