St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)
4.5
Religious SitesChurches & Cathedrals
09:00 - 17:00
Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 13:00
Sunday
13:00 - 17:00
About
Built between 1851 and 1905, this large parish church accommodates 8,500 people and features a magnificent 300-foot, neo-Renaissance dome.
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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  • Michael U
    Las Vegas, Nevada45,918 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An impressive Basilica
    At one time the site of a theater hosting animal fights St. Stephen's Basilica is a Roman Catholic Church named after Stephen, the first King of Hungary. The third largest house of worship in Hungary, but the biggest in Budapest architecture tends Neo-Classical with two large bell towers. Look for St. Stephen's right hand is housed in the reliquary.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Katie Harvie
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Building - beautiful !
    Well worth the small fee to come inside and take a look at the stunning architecture even if you are not religious. A truly beautiful, thought-provoking place with fascinating history and peaceful atmosphere. Remember to remove any sunhats before entering as we did not see the sign but were (politely) reminded by staff that no hats are allowed inside
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 June 2023
  • rrlightfoot
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive but inconsistent dress code
    Very good for the price. We bought entrance and the panorama view. Was very impressive and definitely worth visiting. However the dress code rules are inconsistent and erratic depending on the ticket person. I was denied entry for a long skirt and a vest top and had to buy a T-shirt. On entry i saw DOZENS of people in much skimpier clothes than me. Tiny shorts and tube tops with shoulders fully out. I respect the tradition but it should be consistent and i’m annoyed I had to buy a t-shirt just to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Raylene Brown
    Salt Lake City, Utah882 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Basilica
    We toured this Basilica as part of our Budapest day tour. It is beautiful and serene inside. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept the tour moving at a good pace, yet he allowed us time to take all the photos we wanted.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Amber C
    22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful church and amazing views
    We bought the tickets for 4000HUF each as students which included the church, treasury and the Panoramic Terrace. The church impressively stunning with 40kg worth of gold features. However it was smaller than I expected with no other rooms. We took the stairs to see the treasury and it was nothing special. We saw the crown for Hungarian royalty, not that impressive in comparison We took the stairs to the terrace and it was absolutely beautiful at the top. The breeze that hits you as you enter was lovely on a hot summers day. We had a 360 view of the city of Budapest. Worth visiting at least once.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Joanne Anthony-Gooden
    Port Elizabeth, South Africa305 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Basilica of St Stephen
    This Basilica is the most sacred Catholic Church in all Hungary. The interior of the church is spectacular and the golden mosaics on the inside of the dome are something to remember. You will be able to visit the Interior of the basilica as well as the The Holy Right Chapel and the Treasury. The Basilica also holds organ concerts every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 20h00 throughout the year. Photography is allowed.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 July 2023
  • seetheworld600
    424 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of Stairs
    If you plan to visit the Basilica, be prepared to climb lots of stairs to see the Panoramic Terrace. The ticket office is across the street from the church and there are several types of tickets you can purchase. I purchased a ticket for the church, panoramic terrace , and treasury. The visit to all three didn’t take long, but you did need to walk up a lot of stays to see the view. The walk was definitely worth it, but people with mobility issues will have to skip this part. The treasury is two floors below where you access the stairs for the terrace, so even more stairs. I’m glad I visited, I just didn’t expect as many stairs as there were. There’s an elevator that will take you to the stairs to access the terrace, but that’s it.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Bangoe
    240 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasure for eyes and ears
    This church is just amazing. The inside design and decorations are just fantastic. We also went up the tower for the panoramic view. Tough walk up but worth it. We were also fortunate to attend an organ concert which was a highlight of the visit. It's on every Friday, so try to be there.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • GAR
    882 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow
    I don’t know if it’s a regular thing, but when I went there was someone playing beautiful organ music. Aside from that, this is an absolutely gorgeous building inside, the most stunning in Budapest. You can also see the 900 year old hand of St Stephen of Hungary
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, Ohio6,806 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Witness a miracle
    There is a modest entrance fee, but well worth it. Hungary’s most sacred church is gorgeous inside. You can also see the 1000 year old hand of St Stephen the founder of Hungary. Let’s talk about that. When Saint Stephen was canonized in 1083, his corpse was exhumed from his crypt. It is said that his right arm was incorruptible, that is it had no signs of decay. They now have his hand on display under glass.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 July 2023
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AK8397
Ontario, Canada947 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This is a very impressive site -- from the architecture to the decors to the history. There is a small fee for entry, but it is worth the price. To admire the interior, we parked ourselves on pews in different spots, then looked around, up and down. So much to see!

For a touch of the macabre, there is a display of the actual mummified right hand (900 years old) of St. Stephen in a glass cabinet.

You can go up the tower for panoramic views of the city. There are elevators available (although the wait time can be long) or you can mount the stairs.
Written 9 June 2024
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Shiffali
New Delhi, India8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Very nice place but not that much to see also, just nice to look at but can't do much here. overall my least favourite place out of everywhere
Written 8 June 2024
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TravelLovers2
United States4,693 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful Basilica. It was not as big as we expected from the outside, but very impressive inside.

You can get tickets to go in at a nearby store. There is a sign letting you know where it is. You can also purchase the ticket to go up to the top to take photos of the surrounding area. You can choose to go up the stairs, if I'm not mistaken I heard someone say it was 320 steps, or you can take two elevators.

The first elevator fits up to 6 people and the second fits up to 4 people. At least that's what the sign says. Once you get to the top you have a few steps to go up to get outside. The views are not as impressive as the inside, but it was an experience.

Definitely worth a visit
Written 5 June 2024
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greenfeet
Maryland453 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Located in the heart of the city near many stores and offices, it is still an imposing building facing a grand plaza and blocks from the Danube. Tickets are available at a small building adjacent to the plaza. The brightly lit interiors emphasizes the elaborate decoration and details. If you're lucky, you might even get a recital from the colossal pipe organ.
Written 4 June 2024
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joedsy
Bangor, UK114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The outside is fantastic but when you get in it’s amazing. Beautiful in every direction. Really recommend paying the extra to climb right to the top for panoramic views of Budapest
Written 3 June 2024
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tim4022018
Market Harborough, UK77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We were at a great free concert in the Basilica last night. Performed by an English choir. Beautiful setting for some glorious music.
Written 30 May 2024
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WeLikeToTravel84
United Kingdom948 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The exterior looks beautiful and fits really well with the other buildings, and the interior is absolutely stunning. It is such a beautiful building from every angle. We paid to do the viewing point around d the top of the basilica. The views were amazing. I would definitely recommend coming here, even if you aren't religious
Written 28 May 2024
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n2r49rs
Palm Desert, CA701 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This basilica is near or at the top of the best churches we have seen in Europe. The Vatican is the only one we can think of that surpasses it from both the exterior and interior. The Duomo in Florence is stunning on the outside but not so much on the inside. Can’t think of another in all our travels to Europe that beat it besides the Vatican. You can also take an elevator to near the top to experience wonderful views of the city. There also is a treasury component that is worth seeing as well. Highly recommend!
Written 24 May 2024
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Madtwo
Portsmouth, UK229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A fabulous place to visit. The ornate craftwork puts it up there with the top religious places in Rome. Beautiful is all you have to say and the rest just follows. Even a severed hand to see if you want something different.
Written 23 May 2024
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Nigel H
Harrogate, UK83 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Interesting Cathedral......surprisingly small for a main church. Inside its very ornate and every square cm is decorated or marbled. You either like it or hate it. I fall into the latter camp. However, I did take the trouble to look round rather than do what so many tourists were doing it seeing everything through their phone video ,,,,not actually stopping to look at anything. Do they ever look at the pictures again?
Written 23 May 2024
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