Szent Istvan Bazilika is the largest and most notorious Catholic Church in Budapest and an impressive building too!
Both the outside and the inside are beautiful and it is worth to pay it a visit.
The day I happened to be viewing it there was a procession (hope it is called like this in English), maybe it was St Stephens' day itself... In any case it was beautiful to see all the worshippers and the relics being paraded in a carpet of flowers. A nice sight.
It is an impressive sight at night too as it gets lit up.
You have nice views of the city from the top of the dome and a treasury (that unfortunately I did not manage to visit ).
More insteresting in my opinion is the relic, the Holy Right hand of King Stephen I. See next tip for details :-}
Despite its looks it was built in the 19th century only and it owes its name to King Matthias Corvinus was married in a church that stood here and whose remains are still kept today as a part of the modern building.
The architecture is an eclectic mix as it has evolved throgh the history of Budapest and even the Turks left a mark on it, as it was used as a mosque during the Turk occupation. The medieval frescoes have been preserved, though, and today they tell us much of the history not only of Budapest but of the country itself.
Both the interiors and exteriors are remarkable and an amazing sight and if you like music, be on the ball because the church is well know for its concerts and it good acoustics.
If you are planning to visit, drag yourself here early as queues buil up quickly.
Ok, this one for the very religious and the lovers of gory items.
This is the mummified Right hand of King St Stephen I, some 1000 years old only !
It enjoys great devotion from the people of Budapest, or so I have heard, because it was a lot more worshipped by tourists when I happend to came across it (including, ahem, me....).
It is very fairly appreciated by the people as, like many other relics, it was stolen by the nazis during WWII and recovered by the people of Hungary only after the war.
To light up the casket it lies in you have to drop a coin but my advice is to mix yourself up with a group of Japanese tourist and they will drop all the coins for you :-)
In fact, the hand itself can be better appreciated in the pictures that accompany the casket rather than the real thing itself but in any case, it is an interesting sight, not only for pilgrims but for anyone with curiosity for the pious items.
Budapest's largest church. Construction of it began in 1848 to Jozsef Hild's neo-Classical plans. After Hild's death, Miklos Ybl took over. His neo-Renaissance version fits delicately with his oredecessor's work.
Above the main entrance is a relief of St. Stephen, King of Hungary.
The most important and the most cherished church in Budapest is the Matthias Church on Szentharomsag ter. A church has stood on this site ever since the beginning of 13th century.
After the ousting of the Turks, it was rebuilt in a Baroque form.
The Roman Catholic Church, dedicated to St.Peter of Alkantara, also called as Ferences templom = Franciscan Church. It's also a Monastery, as the monks live in the buildings behind the church - on the Ferenciek (means Franciscan) tere (means square).
The interior is godly painted and I loved it very much.
- thanks littlebear :)
Fondest memory: The 700-year old Matthias Church with its Gothic spire and multi-colored tiled roof is where the nation's kings were crowned. Now it is the site of organ and choir performances.