St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)
4.5
Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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About
Built between 1851 and 1905, this large parish church accommodates 8,500 people and features a magnificent 300-foot, neo-Renaissance dome.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Belváros-Lipótváros
How to get there
  • Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út • 2 min walk
  • Arany János utca • 4 min walk
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Ed C
London, United Kingdom43 contributions
Couples
We arrived at 5.20pm, 5 minutes after they stopped selling tickets to the cathedral. We hoped we’d at least have been able to quickly light a candle and say a prayer. But we were stopped and were refused entry. I know churches need money to stay open but it was disappointing. After that, we walked down to the banks of the Danube and took in the profoundly simple but very moving shoes tribute to the Jewish community.
Written 25 September 2022
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Hannah S
Kent, UK6 contributions
Couples
Stunning building inside and out. We were fortunate enough to witness a wedding in the Basilica. The detailing inside is overwhelming. The 360 lookout is a long way up but definitely worth a visit even if the stairs up are not for the faint hearted (there is a lift!)
Written 24 September 2022
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geezergal55
hobe sound florida134 contributions
First of all you have to figure out where to buy the ticket-NOT at the entrance! The ticket takers are rude & just grunt & point vaguely in the direction to buy the tickets-across the street & down the road.
Maybe they do not speak English BUT if your city promotes the Basilica as a tourist attraction & charges for it, shouldn't the people in charge be able to communicate with us tourists?
Very poor experience!
Written 24 September 2022
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA12,887 contributions
The Basilica is impressive from the outside, but even more beautiful on the inside, especially the beautifully decorated walls and ceilings.
Written 20 September 2022
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KDPearce
basingstoke16 contributions
So so beautiful inside. You MUST pay the extra to go up to see the view all over Budapest :-)
Tickets are not sold on site which caught us out. You have to go to a place in the street to the right of the main steps.
Written 20 September 2022
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Explorer
49 contributions
Lovely basilica inside and the view from the top was incredible. It has elevator access to the top of the tower.
Written 20 September 2022
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Kathleen M
7 contributions
This is very impressive and majestic, but I actually preferred the more intimate St. Matthias Church on the Buda side.
Written 19 September 2022
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davidandmel
Birmingham, UK1,527 contributions
The most famous church in Hungary and revered for the mummified hand of St Stephen (weird but true) A lovely building to visit and very central with lots of shopping and eating nearby
Written 19 September 2022
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Maria F
North Yorkshire, UK177 contributions
Solo
So directions for visitors and the staffing for this basilica isn’t brilliant. It’s a bit confusing. But this is absolutely worth a visit and has overtaken notre dam as my favourite ecclesiastical building!! I sat down and had a little reflection!

You have to buy a ticket from the street, not in the church and you pay extra to go to the tower which is totally worth it.

I’d visit this all day long, beautiful and interesting interior; and fabulous views of the city from the tower.

Ps there’s a lift if you don’t want to go up the stairs
Written 18 September 2022
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Resistist
234 contributions
Excellent and worthwhile experience. Highly recommend getting the all inclusive ticket. After walking through the church you will exit next to the elevator to go to the top. As long as your in ok shape, the stairs are actually pretty easy. Sometimes the elevator can get a long line
Written 15 September 2022
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St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), Budapest

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