Szent István Bazilika
(St. Stephen’s Basilica)
(36) 1 – 311 0839
1051 Budapest, Hercegprímás u. 7. II. em.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Everyday Winter
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Everyday
Completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction, St. Stephen’s Basilica was named after the first King of Hungary (975–1038); whose mummified right hand is kept in the reliquary. The building is an absolutely magnificent carved work of art. The dome is 96m high and filters daylight in a magical way, reflecting in guilded textures the detail of the mosaics. Absolutely breath taking.
A good tip is to bring binoculars so you can see the details of the mosaics (they are so intricate they can easily be mistaken for frescos!!). Make sure you walk all around the building; and know you can walk up to the cupola for some great views of the city
Attending mass outside of visiting hours gives a different perspective on this lovely cathedral. Be sure to also find out about any of the organ concerts often happening- they are sonically stunning!