St. Stephen's Basilica

  V. Szt. István tér      (+36-1) 388 2151     more than a year ago
This church, the city's largest, was built on the site of the unholy 'Prank Theatre,' an animal-cruelty extravaganza in which bears, wolves and hyenas tore each other to shreds while bloodthirsty crowds egged them on. Construction of the Basilica began in 1851 but was not completed until 1905, because the dome caved in. If you're reading this inside the church and are now casting a wary eye upward, concentrate instead on the fact that the dome is exactly as tall as that of Parliament - 96m. The church contains the mummified right hand of King St. Stephen, founder of the Hungarian state. To see this relic, head to the chapel to the left of the main altar. Drop 100 Ft in the slot, and the glass case lights up to reveal this celebrated extremity in all its gnarled brown glory. The price is the same whether you've come to venerate a holy relic or merely to indulge your morbid curiosity. To get to the viewing platform above the cupola, take the elevator up, then scale 146 more steps - great views of Budapest.

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Open 09:00-17:00, Sat 09:00-13:00, Sun 13:00-17:00.


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Lance Grundy
Great Britain
Completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction work, the neo-classical Szent Istvan Bazilika stands as testament to pre-1914 Western Christian civilisation. When I visited it cost 400 forint or €2 to enter and there is a lift or staircase which you can use to reach the dome from where you can experience some of the best views of the city from the Pest side. It is also very easy to reach being almost equidistant from the Deak Ferenc ter, Arany Janos utca, Opera and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky utca metro stations. Please be aware that the Bazilika host numerous church services and concerts so you may not be able to access all areas especially at weekends or of an evening.
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