St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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About
Built between 1851 and 1905, this large parish church accommodates 8,500 people and features a magnificent 300-foot, neo-Renaissance dome.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Belváros-Lipótváros
How to get there
  • Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út • 2 min walk
  • Arany János utca • 4 min walk
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1,312
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Olayinka T
Watford, UK16 contributions
Oct 2022
A lovely church with some history attached to it. You pay to get in but loads of things to see so definitely a go to site
Written 30 November 2022
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Chezza1216
Biggleswade, UK72 contributions
Nov 2022
St Stephen’s is very impressive and beautiful inside. We bought tickets to go into the treasury and the top of the dome. I wouldn’t bother with the treasury as there’s just old vestments inside. The room is very small. If you are visiting some of the other high vantage points then the view is the same so you are not really gaining anything by paying to go up to the top.
Written 29 November 2022
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Fiona180727
Pontefract, UK192 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Stunning views from the outside. I didnt go in and now seeing the photos I regret this. I could also see people at the very top. So I assume there's a tour. I personally love the tree outside the front.
Written 22 November 2022
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Robert T
Toronto, Canada18 contributions
Nov 2022
If you go there you MUST take the stairs (or the elevator) to the top for a 360 degree view of Budapest. Day or night! Inside, the Basilica is ornate and breathtaking!
Written 21 November 2022
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Boston1989
172 contributions
Nov 2022
Amazing architecture and design. There's actually a part of a mummified hand there which is extremely precious to Hungarians. Can either pay for entry to the church, or an 'all in' ticket where you can go up to the top and have a walk around for a 360 view (lots of steps but there is a lift if you want to wait). There also toilets located about 3/4 of the way up. If you wish to buy tickets on the day, the ticket office is located to the right of the basilica. Walk down the steps and away from the basilica and you should see it. They only accept Hungarian currency of card payments.
Written 17 November 2022
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Middle aged critic
9 contributions
Nov 2022
If you can try and get there as the sun sets over Buda, makes a wonderful sight if the evening is clear to watch from the look out
Written 15 November 2022
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jenny b
Bournemouth, UK69 contributions
Nov 2022
Went to a classical concert inside Sunday evening 8pm and sat in A seating with cushions on benches. It was a wonderful experience that lasted about an hour and wasn’t cold inside as November. I Highly recommend it. This building really is stunning. It also has the 1,000 year old mummified right hand of St Steven in a white box on the right hand side when you go in. Behind a rope so cant see it properly.
Written 15 November 2022
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Lita H
Twyford, UK252 contributions
Nov 2022
They do charge to go it, but it’s well worth a visit just to see the outside as it is beautiful, you won’t regret it
Written 13 November 2022
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DuncanTCH
Rensselaer, NY714 contributions
Aug 2022
St. Stephen’s Basilica is simply magnificent!! Words alone can’t describe the scale and beauty of the place. Having toured St. Peter’s in Rome several times over the past couple of years, I can honestly say St. Stephen’s rivals Rome’s Basilica in every aspect. The details on the tile work, the gold leafing, the stone carvings and statues…amazing. And, to me, St. Stephen’s seemed much for bright and full of light…sun shining through the upper windows illuminated the entire gallery and naive. Definitely a must see in Budapest!
Written 12 November 2022
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Chintu S
12 contributions
Oct 2022
We visited as the sun was setting and it was the perfect time!

The basilica is a beautiful building and probably my favourite aspect of the city. The views of the city from the top are magnificent, especially under the warm glow of the setting sun! We had spotted a rooftop bar from the top of the Basilica and rushed there to watch the remaining sunset and the reflection on the basilica.

As we were entering, tickets for an organ concert inside the basilica for the next day were being sold. The tickets were very inexpensive for the wonderful location and the beautiful music!
Written 10 November 2022
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