The stunning St Stephen’s Basilica Budapest is undeniably one of the most impressive of Budapest’s World Heritage sights and is another stunning example of the beautiful architecture and history of Hungary’s capital.
St. Stephen’s Basilica is the largest church in Budapest and can hold up to 8,500 people. It took to build the Basilica 54 years and three architects (Jozsef Hild, Miklos Ybl and Jozsef Kauser) who worked on it during this period.
The buildings started in 1851, while the inauguration ceremony took place in 1906 and was attended by Emperor Franz Joseph himself.
Unfortunately, the dome collapsed in 1868 (during the building) and it had to be rebuilt completely.
Apart from being the largest church in Budapest, the Basilica offers some unique attractions:
- St.Stephen (1000-1038) is the patron saint of the church, as he was the first king of Hungary. The Basilica houses Hungary’s most sacred treasure, St. Stephen’s mummified right hand, the Szent Jobb (Holy Right Hand), which is kept in a glass case in the chapel to the left of the main altar.
- The dome is 96 meters high, the exact same height as the Budapest Parliament Building. Go up, taking either a lift or stairs (364 steps), and take in the view of whole Budapest from above!
- Due to the great acoustics several excellent musical programs are organised in the Basilica throughout the year, providing magical settings. Take part in an organ concert performed by one of Hungary’s most talented pipe organ players, Kolos Kovats.
Address: Szt. Istvan square, district V. Budapest
Opening times for tourists:
Visiting the Treasury costs 400 ft and entering the Tower costs 500 ft.
Guided tours in English, French and Hungarian are
available from Mondays through Fridays between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
Adults: 2500 ft per person
Pensioners and Students: 2000 Ft per person.