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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  • There is a suggested gratuity of €1 euro to enter the church, which is a bargain. Church is fantastic and very grand, with marble used throughout the interior. There is a tower section you can climb t...  more »
  • Although the inside of Basilica is nice, the view on top of the Basilica is even better. As one of the highest points on the Pest side you get a wonderful overview of the city as far as the eye can se...  more »
  • Very great Basilica in Romanesque style. Is similar to inside the Basilica also the dome can be visited for a fee.
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  • We've all seen a million cathedrals, but this one is pretty cool. The outside is typical Austro-Hungraian, but the inside is stunning. Highly elaborate, well preserved and lots of history. Plus there is an old mummified hand as a relic. I like this one more than the Matthias church at the castle, though the views from Matthias are much better. Great holiday market right outside during fall and winter!
  • As a local, I can highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. It's a nice, energizing walk up on the around 300 steps (you can also take the lift if you're not up for the challenge) that ends with an incredible view of Budapest. There's not much space up there / in the stairways / in the lift but thankfully it doesn't get too busy so you can enjoy the view and taking photos. It's only around 1.5 euros to go up (at least for students). So worth it.
  • Beautiful place. You should go up to the dome. It costs the same if you go by elevator or by stairs. They also have concerts here. Tickets start at 6500 forints.
  • A must see in Budapest. I recommend going up to the top of the tower, you will have the best view of the city in Pest.
  • Surprisingly, this basilica is not as old as it may look. It also contains the right hand of Stephen. Definitely worthwhile to go inside and explore. It is really amazing, all of the intricate art work and decorations. Remember to look up at the dome!