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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  • So directions for visitors and the staffing for this basilica isn’t brilliant. It’s a bit confusing. But this is absolutely worth a visit and has overtaken notre dam as my favourite ecclesiastical... 
    So directions for visitors and the staffing for this basilica isn’t brilliant. It’s a bit confusing. But this is absolutely worth a visit and has overtaken notre dam as my favourite ecclesiastical...  more »
  • Excellent and worthwhile experience. Highly recommend getting the all inclusive ticket. After walking through the church you will exit next to the elevator to go to the top. As long as your in ok... 
    Excellent and worthwhile experience. Highly recommend getting the all inclusive ticket. After walking through the church you will exit next to the elevator to go to the top. As long as your in ok...  more »
  • Beautiful indide and out. Well worth the price of admission. Fantastic view of the city from the top of the dome. Located in pleasant Plaza with excellent food. 
    Beautiful indide and out. Well worth the price of admission. Fantastic view of the city from the top of the dome. Located in pleasant Plaza with excellent food.  more »
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  • I only got to see the view from the tower, and the treasure room, because the basilica was closing at around 5 and we got there pretty late, so that's a down side. You have to pay separately to go inside the basilica, but you can also pay for everything at once(basilica+tower+treasure room). The good thing is that there's an elevator that will bring you to the top except its not from the ground floor so you will have to climb some stairs to get to it. The paths on the tower itself are somewhat narrow but manageable. There's a nice all around view of the city.
  • This position appealed to me simply because of its central position. There's a lot to see and do in the region. It's a very quiet environment inside. If you are photogenic, you should brave the arduous climb and relax on the terrace while taking in the city views. Don't get me wrong: these views are stunning. In one shot, you can see the Budapest Airport, the Parliament Building, the Hills, and the River.
  • Beautiful example of a Catholic Cathedral. I observed part of a Saturday night Mass and was impressed with the number of attendees. They did a good job of keeping the tourist flowing along the back where you can see everything but still be kept out of the way. They have a few pews available for tourist as well. There was only one other tourist in the 10 minutes I was there....pandemic restriction I guess.
  • Nice cathedral to visit. The interior is very beautiful. You can also pay extra and go up yo the roof for a panoramic view of the area (recommended). Just note there are a lot of stairs to the top. There is an elevator we used to get down, but for some reason to go up we were pointed to the stairs.
  • Nice building in old town. You can climb the tower for 5€, be aware there is a lot of stairs, but elevator as well! We saw 2 wedding while there, which gave it a nice atmosphere and feeling of being part of something sacred. 100% must see when visiting Budapest.

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