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.)
Admire Budapest from land and water with this combined city tour and Danube cruise ticket. Traveling on foot and by air-conditioned minivan, admire top ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
See the best of Budapest with a knowledgeable guide on this 4-hour city tour. Begin at the centrally located Heroes’ Square (Hosök tere) and see the ... Read more
- Tour only: 4 hours
- Tour with cruise: 5 hours
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