St. Stephen's Basilica - Szent Istvan Bazilika, Budapest

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    St. Stephen basilica - Part 2

    by ophiro Written Jul 20, 2008

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    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.

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    St. Stephen basilica - Part 1

    by ophiro Updated Jul 20, 2008

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    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.

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    Inside the Basilica

    by 1courage Updated Jun 2, 2008

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    The richly ornated internal (main nave)
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    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-->

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    The Holy right chapel and the museum

    by 1courage Updated Jun 1, 2008

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    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.

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    The largest church in Budapest

    by RuiPT Written Apr 22, 2008
    The square in front is so

    This neo-Renaissance basilica, the biggest of Budapest, with coffered cupola and ceilings with frescoes between the coffering, stained-glass windows of kings, mosaics with gilding of evangelists on the tall main cupola that you can see from a distance, red marble large columns with gilded tops, a very impressive organ, two smaller altars with paintings and a high altar with St Stephen himself in the middle offering his Hungarian crown to the Virgin Mary in a canopied chapel with a semicircle gallery on both sides. The basilica is very large but is not heavy, not too extravagant in decoration, rather impressive and beautiful. The façade looks very tall, with two large bell towers and an even taller main cupola, a portico with Hungarian kings looking down at you as you are entering the cathedral, and massive columns supporting the entrance. The basilica suffered significant damage during 2 World War (like almost all city) and recently underwent a restoration.

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    St. Stephen's Basilica

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 3, 2008

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    Facade of St. Stephen's Basilica
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    This impressive neo-classical basilica was named after St. Istvan who was the first Hungarian Christian King. Construction began in 1851 and in 1857 the famous architect Miklos Ybl added the Dome after the original collapsed. The basilica was completed by Jozsef Kauser in 1905.

    Inside the basilica you will find the beautiful Main Alter which contains the marble statute of St. Istavan and scenes of his life are depicted behind the alter. There are paintings by Gyula Benczur as well. The Dome is equally amazing with mosiacs which were designed by Karoly Lotz. The Dome reaches an impressive 315 ft. and can seen from all over Budapest.

    Located in the Chapel of The Holy Right is the mummified preserved right forearm of King Istvan.

    If you are lucky enough to be visiting Budapest when the Dome is open to the public, you can climb to the top for some excellent views of the city.

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    by bsfreeloader Updated Jan 10, 2008

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    Named in honor of Stephen, the first King of Hungary, Szent István-bazilika or St. Stephen's Basilica shares with the Hungarian Parliament Building the title of tallest building in Budapest. Completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction, the church features a neoclassical architectural style, with the interior laid out in Greek cross. Not to be missed is the 360 degree view from the Basilica’s dome, which offers sweeping views of Budapest.

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    St Stephen's Basilica

    by rcsparty Updated Dec 1, 2007

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    The square in front of St Stephen's is a great place to start your admiration of the church. It is a wide open space, with great angles for photo's. A walk through the Basilica is well worth the time, as the inside is as beautiful as the outside. The church contains the unusual artifact of St Stephens mummified right hand. It is also worth a trip to the top of the cupola, if it is a clear day. The entrance is to the right of the main doors, as you approach the church. The church was finished in 1905, after being started in the 1850's. Part of the delay attributed to the cupola's collapse in 1868.

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    The big cathedral

    by muratkorman Written Oct 11, 2007

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    This beautiful cathedral is the biggest in Budapest. It has a very nice square surrounded by some restaurants and pubs. The interior details are amazing. You can go up to the cuppola by paying a small entrance fee. From the cuppola, you can see old city center and the buildings with a different angle. Big ceremonies and celebrations always take place in this cathedral.

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    Panorama

    by marielexoteria Updated Oct 4, 2007

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    The Parliament & an interesting black building
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    We couldn't get into the church because when we were there there was a wedding and after everyone got out the doors were closed so I couldn't see the beautiful church but the view from their panorama compensates for this. It's simply a must do even if you go to Gellért Hill to appreciate the view from there too.

    Open daily between 10am and 5:30pm. You can go up the stairs or take the elevator.

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    Budapest`s Main Church

    by 1courage Updated Sep 24, 2007

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    In front of the Basilica
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    The Saint Stephen`s basilica was originally built according to the plans of József Hild, in classic style. The construction began in 1851. On the 21th of january 1868, one year after Hild`s death, the cupola collapsed. Fortunately Miklós Ybl, the architect who continued the works, changing the plans from neoclassical to neorenassaince style, had already evacuated the basilica, so there were no casualities. The external parts were ready, when in 1891 also Ybl, the great architect died. The man who finished the projects of the internals was József Kauser. The church was consacrated on the 9th november 1905. In the 2nd world war the basilica suffered several damages, but was saved by a real miracle. A big bomb, stucked in the cupola was found only in 2002, not much before the end of the long reconstruction, that lasted for 18 years, finished. If it exploded, it would have blast the whole church.

    See images of the extraction of the bomb from the cupola here

    The Basilica now is in perfect shape. I hope that within a couple of years, also the renovation of the Matthias church will finish.

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    St Stephen's Basilica

    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 24, 2007

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    The large St Stephens Basilica is most famous for being the home of the (supposed) mummified hand of St Stephen himself. Ancient hand aside, the interior of the basilica is stunning and colourful with lot of maroon/pruple and cream marble colours combined with gold leaf.

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    St. Stephen's Basilica

    by miman Updated Mar 26, 2007

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    St. Stephen's Basilica

    The Basilica of St Stephen is Hungary’s is one of the largest churches 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. Besides enjoying the many works of art inside the church, visitors can travel by elevator to the left tower on the second floor where they can enjoy a panoramic view of Budapest. In the right tower, you’ll find the largest church bell in the country, weighing about 9 tons. During the summer, evening organ concerts are presented quite frequently and are quite a treat for the classical music aficionado.

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  • Wow!

    by mattalthor Written Feb 4, 2007

    I walked past this in the day time and the night time.

    At night time, it was especially pretty. It is the sort of place you would sit outside with a loved one and just look on in awe.

    I was unable to visit as it was closed for Puskas funeral. I did not want to intrude at a time of national mourning.

    It is very clear the Budapesti respect and love this place

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    Szent István-bazilika

    by sinisar Written Dec 14, 2006

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    Szent István-bazilika is an ecclesiastic basilica in Budapest, Hungary. It is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary (c. 975–1038), whose mummified fist is housed in the reliquary. Along with the Hungarian Parliament Building, it is the tallest building of Budapest (96 m). It was completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction. Much of this delay can be attributed to the collapse of the dome in 1868 which required complete demolition of the completed works and rebuilding from the ground up.

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