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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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09:00 - 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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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... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

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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Jessheim, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

In Budapest you just have to visit the basilika. Renovated not many years ago, the interior is outstanding. Also fantastic acoustics for concerts.

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It is very rare to see a stunning vhurch like this. The dome is amazing, and every part os dofferent. Acoustics and lights are great. You can gobto the panorama terrace, walk around the dome and see the entire city and all the landscapes for 500 HUF. Worth it to see the structure of the dome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This must be on the to do list....go inside a look around and see inside the dome, it's a lovely church....the pay a couple of pounds and take the lift half way up to the dome and walk the stairs to the top, if your lazy you can take 2nd lift to the top but you will miss out on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you go here make sure you pay the 500HUF to walk all the way to the top. There is a lift but we took the 300+ stairs (it did make me a little dizzy!). The views are amazing of all the city. It was snowy when we went so the visibility was no where near as good as it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stop for a short break here for amazing city views, they also serve amazing hot chocolate. Perfect location for photos.

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We enjoyed this beautiful basilica. You should try to get to the top for a panoramic view of the city. It was a particularly nice visit because it was Christmas time and the organist was actually practicing Christmas music.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you decide to go to Budapest, you have to visit this church. Mainly because of the great view of the city you get from the top of the dome. The inside of the church looks good, and they keep a relic of the first king of Hungary. From this church you have a great startingpoint to do a city... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

situated in the center of Budapest, St. Stephen's is on all the tours and requires a small donation upon entering

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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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