This church is decidcated to the first christian King of Hungary, Isztvan (about the year 1000). St. Stephen's is a basilica minor, built 1851-1905 in neo-classicistic style (long time due to static problems, the dome collapsed in 1868 and was rebuilt in neo-Renaissance style).
The interior of the church is decorated with mosaics, frescos, the material is marble, stucco plaster etc. - the result is that the church appears quite dark. In a chapel behind the chorus (entrance left side) the mummified lower arm of King Stephen is on display. Quite bizarre IMO.
The ascent to the dome was unfortunately closed when I was there (open April - Oct) but I think you'd have a very good view over the city from there. Fee must be about HUF 500 I think.
Another building that is more modern than it appears; the Basilica was constructed between 1851 and 1905 in a Neoclassical style. It is named after Szent Istvan, the first King of Hungary (c975-1038), and contains a relic consisting of his preserved right hand.
After 50 years of construction, the Italian Neo-Renaissance style church was finally completed. The dome is 65 meters high!
It is a very ornate and beautiful sight to behold inside; should NOT be missed.
At St Stephen's basilica you can, for a small fee, climb the tower to the roof for some outstanding views across the city. Its a bit of a slog climbing to the top but you'll be well rewarded if you make the effort.
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
Fifty years in the making, the Basilica of St Stephen is Hungary’s largest church and the second highest in ecclesiastical ranking. Technically, it isn’t really a basilica but the sheer size of the structure has led it to be referred to in this manor.
Building St Stephen’s Church
Construction of the basilica began in 1851. The first architect to work on the design was Jozsef Hild, whose ideas for the structure reflected the Classical style. When Hild passed away during the construction of St Stephen’s, architect Miklos Ybl took over, adding his own touch to the basilica, which leaned more towards neo-Renaissance.
A dome collapse in 1868 slowed the construction process significantly as did the death of the second architect, Miklos Ybl. The layout of the interior of the basilica and the completion of the building in 1905 was ultimately overseen by yet a third architect, Jozsef Krausz.
The Basilica's Interior
Krausz called upon many of Hungary’s most well-known sculptors and painters to contribute to the decoration of the inside of St Stephen’s. The incredibly ornate interior features about 50 different types of marble, elaborately decorated chapels, and many sculptures, including a bust of the basilica’s patron saint, who was the first Christian king of Hungary. Special Papal permission had to be granted in order to place the statue on the altar. You’ll also find St Stephens preserved right hand in the Chapel of the Holy Right.
Many special documents and treasured works of art were stored here during World War II as the building was considered sturdy enough to withstand any bombings that might occur. In 2003, the church was given its most recent facelift and has been restored to its original grandeur.
Saint Stephen’s Basilica is a massive basilica that is easily visible from Buda when you gaze down on the Danube from the Castle. Unfortunately, the growth of the city means that it is frequently obscured when you are in Pest itself, but it is hard not to see the top of the Basilica when you’re in its vicinity. Like so many other “historic” buildings in Budapest, this one is actually quite recent: it was only complete in 1905 (of course, it would have been done earlier, but the massive dome collapsed in 1868). The Basilica is in neo-Classical style, but with a much more somber undertone than, say, the Palace of Art or the Museum of Fine Arts. The entrance façade is much more subdued, relying more on the sheer size of the building and its two tall bell-towers to make an impression than on frills and caprices. Inside the Basilica, however, there is no end to the ornate garnishes and marble. The interior is actually quite dark, so be prepared with a good camera if you want to take pictures you can depend on of the interior. There is lots of gold leaf, especially in the altar area, which is not surprising given that the Basilica houses the mummified fist of Hungary’s first King, Stephen I. The cupola is also impressive, but for some reason the pews were blocked off when I visited, so I was only able to see it, but not photograph it. It is also possible to visit the top of the dome, from you get a great view of all of Budapest (so I’m told) owing to the fact that this and the Parliament are the two tallest buildings in the city.
St. Stephen's Basilica is named for the first King of Hungary. The King's mummified hand is in the basilica and is taken out during the festival of St. Stephen.
The building itself is very impressive with a beautiful dome. We noticed this large structure from some locations in Budapest such as Fisherman's Bastion and Gellert Hill.
Long range shot of church-We did not get there, but wanted to. After 54 years of work, the curch was completed in 1905. It was named after the first Hungarian king. Stephen. It is about 300 feet tall and width is 160 feet.
The clerical center of Budapest is St. Stephen’s cathedral. It was built from the mid-19th century on, and building re-started in 1868 after a storm destroyed the dome. The richly-decorated, impressive church is open to the public for free. For extras, you will have to pay. This includes guided tours, a visit to the tower and entry for the church museum with its treasury. The only thing I tried out was a visit to the tower which was quite chilly – but gave me a wonderful view on the city. St. Stephen’s Cathedral is home to a relic which is considered a national icon – the right hand of St. Stephen, also known as St. Right. I don’t know what you think about seeing a dead human hand, but let’s say that it was not my favourite thing I saw in Budapest.
The square in front of the cathedral is worthn a visit itself. Have a look at the beautiful tiles forming some interesting patterns.
It took 5 decades to complete .You can see the most precious treasure of Hungary, the mummified right fist of King Stephen in a small chaple to the left of the Main Altar. The relic is kept in an ornate glass cabinet. Insert a 100 Ft coin and the cabinet lights up.
On 20th August the Holy Right is carried around the Basilica in a procession.
Beside the fact that St. Stephen basilica is very beautiful from outside and the view from the dome is magnificent , the interior of the basilica is also very beautiful and worth visiting for a while.
A lot of statues , flowers , Huge dome , marble and more.
You can also see the hand of St. Stephen (the Szent Jobb - Holy Right Hand) inside.
St. Stephen Basilica (Szent Istvan bazilika) is one of the most famous attractions in Budapest.
The neoclassical style church that was built in 1905 and it is one of the tallest buildings in the city (96 meters) with a nice balcony to see the area.
The church is named after the first king of Hungary - Stephen.
Btw - inside the church you can see the hand of Stephen , a very weird thing to see.
There are also a treasury room (that is a big tourist trap to my opinion - you can see the tip) and an elevator to the top of the building - where you can enjoy the view.
The entrance to the church is free but the elevator is 400 Forint and also the treasury.
The basilica is very close to Andrassy street and Deak Ferenc metro station.
The internal of the basilica is just fantastic. The biggest masters of that period worked on the decoration for decades. The two most beautiful paintigs are:
1. Saint Stephen offers Hungary to Virgin Mary-painted by Gyula Benczúr and you find it on the right side o fthe Basilica
2. Christ on the Calvary hill- work by Gyula Stettka- visible on the opposite side.
On this page you can see all the other important paintings, statues of the Basilica.
Of course the main sight of the basilica is the huge cupola richly ornated with mosaics and of course gold.
By the way the gold is present everywhere in the Basilica, just look at these images-->
Of course a basilica is not a real basilica without important relics. In this Basilica you can find a part the right arm and the hand of the king Saint Stephen (died in 1038), Hungary`s first king. It can be found and visited in a chapel wich is accessible from the left side nave of the Basilica.
To see the holy right hand in the reliquary wich is quite dark, you must drop a 100 HUF coin in the cashier. As an alternative you can also wait that other tourist do this for you:)
Also the museum of the basilica is worthy of look, although it`s not too big. You can see the wonderful golden objects from the different periods of the eclesistical art.
The last advice that I can give you is taking a turn around the Cupola (available in almost every big basilicas of the world). You don`t even have to climb the stairs: when the reconstruction was made also a lift was installed beside the staircase, so it`s really an easy ride.