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St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

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Address: Szent Istvan ter 1. | Pest, Budapest 1051, Hungary
Phone Number:
+36 1 317 2859
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13:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 13:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Built between 1851 and 1905, this large parish church accommodates 8,500...

Built between 1851 and 1905, this large parish church accommodates 8,500 people and features a magnificent 300-foot, neo-Renaissance dome.

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View over Budapest from the top is absolutely breathtaking, and it's only 500 HUF to get to the top.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

View over Budapest from the top is absolutely breathtaking, and it's only 500 HUF to get to the top.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Worthy enforced donation. Colors fabulous, architecture intricate, feeling unforgettable. Tower view all right if You enjoy post-comunism rooftops, kind of neglected by EU city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Th Basilica is well worth visiting for a modest donation. Musical concerts are also held there and for a further modest fee you can take a lift up to the top of the dome where you are rewarded with fabulous 360 degree views of the city. The Basilica is lit up at night.

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It was a WOW moment, when we saw the church. It was somehow very majestic. Much bigger building than the nearby buildings, so it was a wow moment.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must for great city views. It does get a little exhausting to climb but there are elevators available for if you get tired. This was an inexpensive activity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited here on our last day as we'd been staying in a room with a view of this for our entire trip so decided we needed to see inside before we left - we were not disappointed! It's beautiful from the outside but wow it's even more beautiful from the inside. The chapel of the holy right hand inside... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a great organ concert in one of the most beautiful neo-classical buildings of Budapest. The acoustics are fantastic, Vivaldi, Schubert's Ave Maria (famous opera-singer sang the arias live), Mozart... with the amazing interiors, the majestic frescos and mosaics - it was breathtakingly beautiful. Definitely a place to visit, and if you can afford, don't miss a live concert... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a special place! The church is stunning inside. The paintings, frescos and design are on par with anything I saw in Italy. I was there in late December during the Christmas festivals. There is a small festival all around the church with local foods, products and an ice skating rink. The highlight occurred at 6PM when I heard The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The square here is beautiful and a great starting point for most tours of the city. in fact the free walking tour starts from here. Friends took in the sunday mass, which from the videos looked amazing. It is the highest building in Budapest, and mass or no mass definitely worth a visit inside and out.

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We found this fabulous place whilst 'doing' the Budaest Christmas market. I have to say it's impressive on the outside. Just go inside and see what 'magnificent' is. For a small charge, climb the steps (there is an elevator from half-way up), to the 360degree, outside city-view from the cathedral's dome. Be adventurous and use the steps all the way.Then... More 

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District V / Inner City
Discover the Inner City along the banks of the Danube, with its fashionable shops and iconic buildings. The Inner-City Parish Church and St. Stephen’s Basilica stand out as two of the finest examples of architecture in the area. If you are still hunting for more historical treats, then the ruins of the medieval city walls on Kecskeméti Utca are a must-visit while the Soviet War Memorial is also worthy of attention and relevant to Hungary’s more recent history. If shopping is on your itinerary, then be prepared: the market squares in this area are an absolute delight, particularly during the Christmas period, but even throughout the year you’ll find the latest trends in the shops on Vaci Utca.
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