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St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

Szt. Istvan ter 1 | Pest, Budapest, Hungary
1-317-2859
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Ranked #13 of 238 attractions in Budapest
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Type: Religious Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Built between 1851 and 1905, this large parish church accommodates 8,500 people and features a magnificent 300-foot, neo-Renaissance dome.
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Berkshire UK
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I had thought that the cathedral in Cordoba and the Aia Sophia in Istanbul could not be outdone but I was wrong. St Stephen's Basilica is incredible not only for it's phenomenal internal arts and crafts style decoration that covers every square centimeter of every wall and the entire ceiling but also its location with incredible views across the Danube... More

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Milan, Lombardia, Italy
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

It is such a beautiful building we didn't climb it but went inside and it was nice. We didn't spend a lot of time here as there was a service on, but I would recommend it to anyone to visit it.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

My favourite Church; abundant, elegant and beautiful. By a concert ticket and enjoy the sound & atmosphere; pure instruments and voices.

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

since this is one of the tallest buildings in Pest, the view is great. Go to the top of the Bazilika.

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Budapest
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

St Stephens Basilica should not be, as one visitor to Westminster Abbey in London once proclaimed to her husband 'I'll do the inside if you do the outside'. The feast is definitely the interior ..An 1890s plethora of gilt and bronze ,mosaics and stained glass..The treasures also should be seen. The crowns and sceptres etc... At least once or twice... More

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Boras, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We only went by this building by night, but it was beautiful with its majesty and the lights around it even then. It is truly big!

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Kiev, Ukraine
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It is a must see in Budapest. Walk around inside the Basilica and after that get to the top for a great view. The entrance to the basilica itself is free, but there is a box for donations, so you can drop some coins in it. To access the observation deck you have to pay something like 400 Ft if... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A great view from the top. Take the stairs for some exercise but it is quite tight! The last bit goes into the dome and does feel a bit exposed, my wife couldn't do it as she has a fear of heights. I probably wouldn't want to take toddlers up. The walk outside around the dome is breathtaking and great... More

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Riga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

it is very classical sample of Cathedral with very rich interiors, which are very well preserved! there are many things to look-at and to see! please note that there are no entrance fee, but donation required!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

one word "beautiful". Archetecture beyond discription. An engineering marvel of it's time. Must visit.

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