St Stephen’s Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)
Among the carved wooden pews, marble statuary, frescoed ceilings and gilded ornamentation, the opulent basilica’s most holy relic is found in the small dark chapel to the left of the elaborate main altar. The mummified and bejeweled hand of St Stephen, who was both first king and patron saint of Hungary back in the ninth century, lies preserved in a delicate glass cabinet.
The basilica can accommodate 8,500 worshippers and was built during the late 19th century during the expansion of Budapest for the Millennium celebrations. Much of the later design work was by Miklós Ybl, designer of the Hungarian State Opera House. Badly damaged during WWII, the cathedral has recently been extensively restored and once more sparkles both inside and out.
Regular organ recitals are held here and the dome has a panoramic viewing point taking in the sweep of the city and Danube River; access is by elevator and steep steps.
Tours & Tickets
Combine a comprehensive tour of Budapest sightseeing with a fascinating guided tour of the city's spectacular Parliament House, Hungary's largest building. ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Experience Budapest from a local’s perspective on this private walking tour of the city’s main sights and off-the-beaten-path locales. With your expert local ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
Take an unforgettable trip around Budapest, seeing the best sights from both land and water, on this comprehensive 1 hour 45-minute tour aboard an amphibious ... Read more
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes (approx.)
Attend an organ concert at St Stephen’s Basilica, famous throughout Hungary for its remarkable musical performances. Inside the beautiful Neoclassical church ... Read more
Duration: 1-2.5 hours