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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  • 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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