St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

St. Stephen's Basilica
This neo-renaissance and classicist church is said to be second in size to St. Peter's in Rome and can allegedly hold 8.500 people. Although not a basilica in the technical sense of the word, but Hungarians like to call "the Basilica" in honor of its sheer size.

The cathedral has a height of 96 metres - exactly the same as the Parliament building. It took over 50 years to build it according to the design of Hild and Ybl. It was completed in 1905.
The bust above the main entrance is of St. Stephen, Hungary's first Christian king.

Inside the church, to the left of the Main Altar in the Holy Right Chapel you can see Hungarian Catholicism's most precious treasure, the mummified right fist of St. Stephen. On 20th August every year the Holy Right is carried around the city in a procession.
In 2003 a full-scale eight years renovation of the church and neighboring square was completed, and now the cleaned-up front of the church graces the colorful and grand St. Stephen square, where travelers sip their coffee in open-air cafes.

You can visit the viewing platform above the cupola from where, needless to say, you can admire one of Budapest's best panoramic views. The platform is open only between 1st April to 31st October.

Notice: The renovation incl. the square was organized by me and my company from 1998.

Daily Mass is held at 7:00am and 8:00am at the Holy Right Chapel, and 5:30am and 6:00pm in the Basilica
Sunday Mass at 8:00, 9:00, and 10:00am, noon, and 6:00 and 7:30pm.
Open: 9:00am - 5:00pm every day, in winter: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Price 1600 HUF/ 6 € for an adult, 800 HUF/3 € for Senior (62+) and students

  • Phone: +36 1 317-2859
  • Directions: Near Deak Ferenc ter (central metro station (M1 M2 M3), terminal for buses 4 9 15 and trams 47 49;M1 or bus 4 express Bajcsy-Zsilinszky ut station/stop.




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