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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  • Worth paying to go up to the top for panoramic views of Budapest. The retaining walls are high enough to reassure those with vertigo problems.  more »
  • I think its best to tour a city on foot first them get to a vantage point & spot the places you've been. So after our tour we took in the view from St Stephen's. A glorious day & a well spent 30 minut...  more »
  • Went there several times - in and around. Both day time views and night time views are stunning. Evenings with the whole area transforming into open air dining and drinking zone gives a nice festive a...  more »
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  • Stunning baroque style cathedral with some intricate interior details and interesting history. The cathedral is supposedly free to enter but beware that the attendant makes you make a donation of about 1 euro. Was quite peaceful to walk around. You also have the option to pay a little extra for the treasury and/or the panoramic view (roughly 2-3 euros each). We did the panoramic view which was well worth it. It's the best view from Pest in my opinion. Not to be missed.
  • It's breathtaking. Stands tall at impressive 96 meters and It looks like the highest building in Budapest! It was crowded with tourists inside and out. Inside interior is beautiful as well. If you want, you can check out the views from the cupola, but you will have to pay for it. It's not that expensive (500 HUF), but it was overcrowded so we didn't go. Next time :)
  • I've been to Budapest a few times, and I always return to this church. It's beautiful. St Stephen is the patron saint of the country, and in one room of the church you can see his hand. The ceilings are gorgeous.
  • Absolutely gorgeous church. St Stephen Basilica is simply beautiful. Great views on top and lovely work on the inside of the church. Must see. We visited August 2010.
  • Love a good basilica and this is a good one. The right hand relic is hard to see because of the lighting reflecting off the glass casing - but i was more interested in the dome