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

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    St Stephen's Basilica

    by MalenaN Written Mar 11, 2006

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    St Stephen's Basilica is the largest church in Budapest, and the most important Catholic church. It was completed in 1905, but construction started already 50 years earlier. When the dome collapsed during a storm in 1868 the whole building had to be demolished and work started from the ground again. The church is built in neoclassic style. Statues on the exterior shows the twelve Apostles, the four Evangelists etc. The interior is decorated with work of arts made by 19th century Hungarian artists.

    The church is open every day, but not in the morning on Saturdays and Sundays.

    In summertime you can climb the steps (or take the elevator) to see the view from top of the dome, but it was closed in February when I was there.

    St Stephen's Basilica in Budapest Detail on a door The dome
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    Holy Right Chapel

    by MalenaN Written Mar 14, 2006

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    The Holy Right is believed to be the mummified right hand of St Stephen (King Stephen I was canonised 1083, about 50 years after his death). The relic is behind glass and in darkness. To see it better you can put a 100 ft coin in a machine and there will be light for a while in the glass casket.
    The Holy Right Chapel is to the left in St Stephen?s Basilica, behind the main altar.

    The Holy Right
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    Szent Istvan ter - square in front of the Basilica

    by MedioLatino Written Dec 13, 2004

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    The reconstruction of the St Stephens Basilica was finished recently and the square in front of the Basilica also got a new "design" with a very nice pattern. Worth to wlak around a bit and see the details before enterint the Basilica itself!

    Pattern detail onSzent Istvan ter

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    The Beautiful Lady

    by shirez Written Mar 16, 2005

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    In 1810 charity offers began to be collected in purpose of building the Basilica, although the building up was started only on the 14th of Aug, 1851 according the plans of Jozsef Hild. He led the constructions till his dead (1867). Then Miklos Ybl (architect of the Opera House) took over his job, till his dead. The finishing touches were made in 1905 by Jozsef Kauser.

    On the 22nd of Jan, 1868 the cupola collapsed because of the quality of the building materials that were received as a gift. Construction paused for a year because of reconstruction.

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    Don't miss the cupola visit!

    by MedioLatino Updated Sep 13, 2004

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    Start out from the beautiful square in from of the Basilica, then do the tour inside (no need for a guide, just walk arond and watch the details! :), and do_not miss the visit to the cupola!!

    If you are facing the entrance, you will find the stairs on the right hand side of the main door. There is also an elevator going up.

    The cupola offers a great view of the Pest side (including the Parlament, and the old stock exchange building on Szabadság tér, which is now the main building of the Hungarian National TV). You can also see the Buda side landmarks from a very diferent point of view. It's worth, that's it! :)

    Prices:
    Whole tour including chuch, treasury, "Saint Right" - the hand of our 1st King St Stephan and the cupola - 1500 Ft, starting tours: 9:30, 11:00, 14:00, 15:30 on weekdays, Saturday: 9:30, Sunday: 15:30, but you can simply enter the chuch or the cupola any time until 18:00 PM (price of the cupola alone is around 400 Ft).

    St Stephans from Gell��rt Hill

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    The second biggest Basilica in the world

    by csordila Updated Feb 28, 2009

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    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

    St. Stephen offering his country to the Virgin Stained glass window of St. Stephen The Basilica around 1905 The bust above the main entrance
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    St Stephan on horseback

    by mallyak Written Dec 16, 2010

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    Created by Alajos Stróbl the statue of the state-founding king St Stephan on horseback was unveiled in Buda Castle in 1906. The king is wearing the Hungarian Holy Crown and has a golden halo; he is waving his sceptre over the people in blessing.

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    ST. STEPHHENS BASILICA

    by ruki Written May 21, 2005

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    It is Budapest the largest church. It is located in the center of the Pest. The exterior suggests its clear interior layout. Construction began in 1848b to Josef Hilds neo-classical plans. After his death Milkos took over construction in his renaissance version

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    St. Stephens Basicila - Budapest

    by littlesam1 Updated May 11, 2006

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    When traveling through Euorpe I automatically think that all of the Basicila's are very old. So I was at first amazed at the beauty and condition of this great church when I first saw it. Later, as I toured the building, I found out that is was not really all that old. It was completed in 1905 making it reletively new in comparison to some of the other Basicilia's I have seen. It is the largest cathedral in Budapest and like many other buildings suffered some damage during World War II. However it remained structurally intact and has been renovated back to its original condition.

    The most tresured relic in Hungary is found in this cathedral. It is the mumified hand of Saint Stephen. It is on display in an ancient glass box in a small room near the back of the cathedral. In no offence to my Catholic friends here on Vt or the people of Budapest, when I was finally able to view the relic all I could see was some lacy looking object that looked like a glove Michael Jackson might have worn in one of his old videos.

    Saint Stephen's Cathedral

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    St. Stephan's Basilica

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 29, 2008

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    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.

    Beautiful at Night Beautiful in the Day
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    St. Stephen's

    by german_eagle Written Apr 3, 2010

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    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.

    St. Stephen's interior the dome an altar chapel of the Holy right hand
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    Inside the Basilica

    by 1courage Updated Jun 2, 2008

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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-->

    The richly ornated internal (main nave) Saint Stephen offers Hungary to Mary The cupola Gold everywhere Side altar with the Christ
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    Give the saint a hand (oops)

    by rexvaughan Updated Nov 8, 2005

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    St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) is one of the dominant features of the Budapest skyline. It is of course dedicated to the patron saint and in fact it is his figure that you see above the high altar inside. It underwent a clean up in 2003 and the area around it as well so that now in front is the nice Szent Istvan ter with sidewalk cafes, etc. One of the things that is unusual about this church is that it houses the purported right hand of St. Stephen. It sits in a chapel all its own and is contained in an elaborate, jeweled cathedral shaped box. Entrance to the chapel and viewing is free and for a few coins (maybe 1) you can get a light to turn on a light over it for a couple of minutes and you can get a photo.

    Main photo courtesy of: http://cityguide.budapestrooms.com/sights/sights2.htm

    St. Stephen St. Stephen's hand
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    St. Stephen's

    by GentleSpirit Updated Feb 2, 2013

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    The Basilica honors Saint Stephen, the first king of Hungary and the ruler most responsible for bringing Christendom to present day Hungary.

    The basilica was only finished in 1905 after substantial delays in the 54 year construction. More than anything else the biggest delay was due to the dome collapsing.

    Though it doesn't seem that big, the basilica can fit about 8,500 people (they didn't say comfortably).

    The reliquary contains the hand of St Stephen (didn't see this)

    BEWARE- there is a lady that will tell you it costs money to enter, she is talking about the trip up to the top of the belltower. the basilica is free.

    St Stephens basilica-facade Main Altar- St Stephens basilica Dome of St Stephens
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    St. Stephen's Basilica

    by mallyak Updated Dec 18, 2010

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    The architecturally eclectic St. Stephen's Basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in the country, and took more than five decades to build. The main attraction here is the mummified hand of St. Stephen, the first king of Hungary and founder of the nation; his hand is housed in the reliquary.

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