St. Stephen's Basilica (Svent István Bazilika)

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Key Info

Budapest, Szent István tér 1

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Free, Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

One of downtown Budapest's most popular sights is St. Stephen's Basilica. Featuring two clock towers and an impressive cupola, this historical church, which was dedicated to Stephen I (Hungary's founder and first king) upon completion in 1905, took more than 50 years to build. Visitors flock here to catch a glimpse of its main attraction – the Holy Right. This mummified, jewel-adorned right hand of the property's namesake rests inside an ornate golden reliquary in the church's Holy Right chapel.

Past travelers praised St. Stephen's Basilica's stunning architecture and interior, as well as the breathtaking city views from the cupola's balcony. Visitors can explore the church on their own, but for more insight about its history, reviewers recommend paying for the guided tour, which includes looks at the Holy Right chapel, the on-site treasury and the cupola.

Entry to the church is free year-round, but a donation of 200 forints (less than $1) per person is suggested. English-speaking guided tours are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a fee of 1,600 forints (about $6) per adult and 1,200 forints (approximately $4.50) for each student. Travelers can also skip a visit to the cupola during their tour (discounted rates apply) or opt to only visit the cupola for 500 forints ($2) per person.

St. Stephen's Basilica welcomes visitors weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Other than restrooms and a small gift shop, no facilities are available on-site, but various restaurants, cafes and boutiques are situated within walking distance. Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út – the closest of multiple metro stations – sits a block away. A bus stop for several routes can also be found just outside the property. Visit the church's official website to find out more.

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