St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)
4.5
Religious SitesChurches & Cathedrals
9:00 AM - 1:00 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
About
Built between 1851 and 1905, this large parish church accommodates 8,500 people and features a magnificent 300-foot, neo-Renaissance dome.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area

Address
Neighborhood: Belváros-Lipótváros
How to get there
  • Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út • 2 min walk
  • Arany János utca • 4 min walk
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  • Amber C
    22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful church and amazing views
    We bought the tickets for 4000HUF each as students which included the church, treasury and the Panoramic Terrace. The church impressively stunning with 40kg worth of gold features. However it was smaller than I expected with no other rooms. We took the stairs to see the treasury and it was nothing special. We saw the crown for Hungarian royalty, not that impressive in comparison We took the stairs to the terrace and it was absolutely beautiful at the top. The breeze that hits you as you enter was lovely on a hot summers day. We had a 360 view of the city of Budapest. Worth visiting at least once.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Joanne Anthony-Gooden
    Port Elizabeth, South Africa305 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Basilica of St Stephen
    This Basilica is the most sacred Catholic Church in all Hungary. The interior of the church is spectacular and the golden mosaics on the inside of the dome are something to remember. You will be able to visit the Interior of the basilica as well as the The Holy Right Chapel and the Treasury. The Basilica also holds organ concerts every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 20h00 throughout the year. Photography is allowed.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 21, 2023
  • seetheworld600
    424 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of Stairs
    If you plan to visit the Basilica, be prepared to climb lots of stairs to see the Panoramic Terrace. The ticket office is across the street from the church and there are several types of tickets you can purchase. I purchased a ticket for the church, panoramic terrace , and treasury. The visit to all three didn’t take long, but you did need to walk up a lot of stays to see the view. The walk was definitely worth it, but people with mobility issues will have to skip this part. The treasury is two floors below where you access the stairs for the terrace, so even more stairs. I’m glad I visited, I just didn’t expect as many stairs as there were. There’s an elevator that will take you to the stairs to access the terrace, but that’s it.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Bangoe
    240 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasure for eyes and ears
    This church is just amazing. The inside design and decorations are just fantastic. We also went up the tower for the panoramic view. Tough walk up but worth it. We were also fortunate to attend an organ concert which was a highlight of the visit. It's on every Friday, so try to be there.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • GAR
    882 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow
    I don’t know if it’s a regular thing, but when I went there was someone playing beautiful organ music. Aside from that, this is an absolutely gorgeous building inside, the most stunning in Budapest. You can also see the 900 year old hand of St Stephen of Hungary
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, Ohio6,819 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Witness a miracle
    There is a modest entrance fee, but well worth it. Hungary’s most sacred church is gorgeous inside. You can also see the 1000 year old hand of St Stephen the founder of Hungary. Let’s talk about that. When Saint Stephen was canonized in 1083, his corpse was exhumed from his crypt. It is said that his right arm was incorruptible, that is it had no signs of decay. They now have his hand on display under glass.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 31, 2023
  • I W
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom322 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge basilica and great views
    Buy tickets to go up the dome - it's worth it - and make sure you dress conservatively, or you won't be let in. We took maybe an hour to walk around. Plenty of bars nearby to have a drink afterwards.
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Ben R
    Ditchling, United Kingdom211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit - stunning building and view
    The basilica is well worth a visit with a stunning interior and plenty to see. The panoramic view is also one of the best in Budapest and worth the trip up the stairs. If opting for the lift, please be prepared for a bit of a queue as it can only take four people at a time
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Francesco D.
    Udine, Italy335 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must view in Budapest
    The Church is in neoclassical style with a Greek cross plan, surmounted by a large dome at the intersection between the transept and the nave. This dome is about 100 meters high. The external façade is devoid of excessive decorations and has the Latin motto EGO SUM VIA VERITAS ET VITA (I am the path the truth and the life). On its sides, rise the two bell towers surmounted by arches and mullioned windows. The interior is very sumptuous and rich in mosaics and marbles, executed by local masters and artists. In a chapel to the right of the altar is kept the relic of the right hand of King St. Stephen, the founder of Hungary. Through a long spiral staircase it is possible to climb the dome to admire the urban landscape. Definitely a monument to visit if you are in Budapest.
    Visited April 2023
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Nannanorfolk
    Norfolk, United Kingdom228 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building
    We arrived just as a bride and groom arrived so there was some confusion as to whether we could enter. We could but with reduced viewing of the main area. We climbed the stairs and tried to enter only to b told we needed tickets. We made our way with others to a ticket sign which was only for concerts. We eventually discovered tickets were available outside and across a rd. we purchased the full ticket for church treasury and viewing area. We loooked around the church finding lots of info in English which isn’t the norm in hungery. We sat for part of the wedding as husband had misread map and thought treasury was shut for wedding. We found treasury view platform signs eventually and some helpful staff pointed us upwards. We climbed the stairs which I hated. The views were amazing and we got the lift down which was much better. We then visited the treasury were the outfits were amazing and showed such skill by the makers. Us and some other guests were shocked by the lack of dress code applied despite signs at ticket book clearly showing 1. The decoration was beautiful We were amazed that a wedding took place whilst visitors were wandering around.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
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Robin_K
Accrington, UK2,706 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Entrance to the church itself is free though donations are actively encouraged as you enter. The building is grand and again takes on a different character at night time, when the exterior is floodlit. It’s nice to wander around and admire the structure and the statues and religious icons and art amidst the majesty of this great church building. In Hungary church Christmas decorations remain long after the traditional Christmas season ends and the church interior was still seasonally lit and with a magnificent nativity scene
Written January 22, 2020
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DFamily_12
Harrogate, UK302 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
A truly beautiful church from the outside but quite stunning inside. It was quiet when we visited and we found tourists to be respectful that it was a church. If the weather is good the additional cost for going to the top of the dome is well worth it to get a panoramic view of a wonderful city.
Written March 8, 2020
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MikeT19278
San Jose, CA169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
My wife and I visited St. Stephen's twice. First for a concert one evening (you'll see vendors selling these concert tickets around Budapest and even on the steps of the cathedral,) The tickets were pricey, but it was good music (Mozart) in beautiful surroundings, so a bit of a splurge.

Anyways, the next morning we returned and toured the cathedral. Amazing architecture! We also climbed up to the top of the dome, which was also an exciting hike. The view of Budapest from the dome was beautiful.
Written March 19, 2020
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kadimre
Budapest, Hungary36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a very attractive building from the outside, built in the most successful period in Hungarian history, the 'dual monarchy' years when the Habsburgs ruled the country (1867-1914). The interior does a good job of imitating a a grandiose renaissance church, but it is all make-believe - nothing is really ancient. Entry is free (as it should always be in a church, a public building par excellence), but if you do not speak Hungarian, the person at the entrance door will try to force you to pay. Feel free to refuse!
Written February 12, 2020
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nikmay19
Dorset, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
My partner and I visited St Stephen's Basilica on our last day in Budapest. We had walked past it several times and the architecture of the building is stunning.

We decided to have a look inside and were asked for just 200HUF for both of us, but I have since found out my partner put in 200HUF each! Nevertheless, it is next to nothing for entry to such a beautiful building.

The decoration inside is awe-inspiring and we spent 45mins to an hour inside. It would be absolutely criminal to not visit this building given how cheap it is for to be able to go inside.
Written March 14, 2020
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Marina D
London, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
There are plenty of reviews on the subject and undoubtedly a place to visit in Budapest. To add that the entrance is free but suggested donation is 200HUF and to get up to the panoramic viewing platform cost 1000HUF (local cash is the only option) via lift and some stairs. You will get a magnificent unobstructed view of the central part of Budapest (both Buda and Pest bank and Danube river, Parliament’s roof and many other interesting buildings) because all other buildings are shorter and the Basilica dominates over the area.
Written January 6, 2020
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Perttu R
Rovaniemi, Finland526 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Very impressive, big church with hundreds of super beautiful decorations and astonishing details. Seeing all this makes you wonder engineering and construction skills of the past centuries. Entrance fee for the church for about 1 euro and 1000 forints (=less than 2,90 euros) per person for lookout dome and treasury. Lookout dome had very impressive views over the city but it is not a place for you if you are afraid of heights. Too bad we didn't have any face masks with us so they denied our access to treasury. :(
Written July 17, 2020
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LoveTravelVentures
Cork, Ireland2,505 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Tip - if you want the church as the perfect backdrop where you can admire the views, I recommend having a drink at the High Note SkyBar.

It emerges between 2 streets and makes for such an impressionable view. Completed in the early 1900s it is a magnificent piece of architecture reflective of the era 👌🏾
Written January 25, 2020
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Suzie G
Holmes Chapel, UK201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Beautiful building, worth a quick trip inside. They ask for a donation of 200 HUF to go in but you can pay to go up to the tower in a lift. Inside the church is what is believed to be the hand of St. Stephen which is interesting to have a look at and read about.
Written March 1, 2020
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MoonaMuslim
739 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The impressive St. Stephen's Basilica (Hungarian: Szent István-bazilika), in the Pest district, leaves an impressive impression from the outside with its beautiful facade, the richly decorated mosaic on the square in front of the basilica and its impressive dome. The St. Stephen's Basilica is among the top 15 most photographed buildings in the world. For good reason! In addition to many other buildings in Budapest, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are many good cafes and restaurants nearby.

For a tip of 100 forints you can also visit the largest church in Budapest from the inside. It is also worth looking at this building from the inside. It has a Greek cross as ground plan.
The Basilica is rich in fine arts. The interior is an impressive and beautiful mix of classicism and neo-renaissance style. At the main entrance you can see the Saint Stephen's relief and mosaics.

It is worth visiting the basilica twice. Once a day and once in the evening when it is illuminated.
Written June 4, 2020
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