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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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Hours:
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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Great interior and beautiful view from above

The interior is very grand and spectacular. It contains a special relic that makes the experience even more interesting. A must - climb all the way to the top to enjoy a wonderful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The interior is very grand and spectacular. It contains a special relic that makes the experience even more interesting. A must - climb all the way to the top to enjoy a wonderful view.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We attended an evening violin ensemble at the church. The church is magnificent. Acoustics were not great, but I will listen to great music in a beautiful church whenever I can. The audience loved the concert and the venue, even though it was somewhat chilly in the church, which actually made it more personal somehow. Budapest can be proud of... More 

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Beautiful big and old building. We took trip to panorama level, where you can have nive rooftop view over Budapest. Price vas 400 HUF.

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Thank Juho K
Long Melford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Rather than pay to see inside this wonderful Cathedral, you might consider attending a service and not only seeing the spectacular inside during the Mass, but also if you attend the 10am Full Latin Mass, hearing the choir & organ afterwards as you stroll around......

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Wow...another excelent place to visit! Hungarians definitely Rock! Such an impressive construction! And it is so close to many other attractions!

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is the second largest and probably the most important church in the entire Hungary. It has similar characters as St. Peter in Rome or St. Paul in London. When you visit Budapest you should not miss to visit it, including the roof terrace from where it has spectacular view to most part of the capital of Hungary.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the more noticeable landmarks in the city and is equally impressive from the outside as it is from inside. Entry into the main church is by donation but you pay to go up to the tower, which offers a beautiful view over towards the palace, castle hill, the Danube etc. There is also a separate treasury... More 

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Dunchurch, United Kingdom
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Another 'must visit' when in Budapest. Whether religious or not this building has an aura about it. The history alone is fantastic but the sheer size and beauty are staggering.

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We stayed opposite St. Stephens, it is a beautiful building, stunning during day and lit up in the evenings. Piano concerts held here, although did not go.

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The most beautiful basilica I have ever seen in my life! You cannot miss it!!! The details, the paintings and the stories it tells just ... amazing!

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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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