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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  • In fact if you look at that size should be less than the height of buildings in Budapest resuscitated nightspot of itsy bitsy overwhelmed far higher in the hills in a Palace or gel appears in Les
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  • Planning a vacation in Budapest, took one evening to the statement made by the organist at the Basilica. Tickets purchased in advance online. Printed and came with them for 10 minutes before the start. Entrance to the concert with a central entrance. On the porch right worth managing girl. Behind its back behind the fence stands a table with two sotrulnikami, sverjajushhimi tickets with lists. On our order stamp and missed. On the porch stood a long queue already wishing to the left door. We decided that a queue at the cash desk and tried to enter the right door, but from there we and several other people quite brutal and impolite or three officials of the male sex. It turned out that are in the queue obilechenye audiophiles. In parallel with the General formed a queue group determined English-speaking pensioners tried to go for a breakthrough a couple three times. Their ottesnjal back steward. As a result, when admitting to the Hall a porridge from representatives of the public queue, pensionerskih groups and irresponsible elements rvanuvshih to storm not think anything. In summary: all sat. It was the floor of the Hall. The acoustics are wonderful, it makes no sense to rush in first to take the "best" places. All still sit facing the altar, and the organist is behind his back. The entire concert is about 45 minutes between chiming bells "before" and "after". Recommendation-do not hurry to go. There will be enough space for everyone. Perhaps this summer.
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  • The first landmark of Budapest, which I have visited because it is situated on the way from the bus stop to the hotel, did not buy tickets, threw coins in the donation box. Majestically! Chic!
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  • This church is amazing and free to enter. You can a very small fee to go up to the dome for a view of the city. We actually went to their Friday night concert which was very, very well done and performed amazingly. We got the category III. seats which are furthest from the Alter but it honestly doesn’t matter at all. You can see everything and more importantly HEAR everything. And they are the cheapest! You also see more of the church in general. The great organ was immense. The show runs about 1.25 hours and is worth the 15$.
  • Are you religious? You’ll love this place. Are you in to amazing architecture and views? You’ll love it too. The basilica has amazing architecture both inside and outside. Be respectful and quiet inside, entrance is free but they ask for donations. Don’t feel like you have to donate if you don’t want to though. If you want to go to the top, you can enjoy an amazing 360 view of the city, for really cheap. Worth every penny, though there are quite a few stairs you’ll need to climb. Some nice cafes, restaurants and bars with outside sitting with view to the basilica.
  • It's a beautiful cathedral in the heart of Town. It's a Roman Catholic church, which should be familiar. While not a grandiose as many of the most famous churches of Rome it is definitely worth a visit. It contains a famous relic: The right hand of Saint Stephen. For a small fee you can also climb to the observation deck and get lovely panoramic views of the city. The climb is fairly easy.
  • 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.
  • Magnificent and glorious in each and every way! A visit during the week right on opening really pays off with very few fellow tourists allowing for a calm and decent atmosphere. There's no admission for the church itself, climbing the dome costs a small fee though. I highly recommend the organ concerts on thursdays: a display of sheer power paired with pure grace can barely be seen or heard anywhere like this, in my oppinion. While not being absolutely mandatory, be sure to bring decent enough clothing. Definitely leaves a lasting memory!
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