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St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

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Address: Szent Istvan ter 1. | Pest, Budapest 1051, Hungary
Phone Number:
+36 1 317 2859
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Today
09:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 13:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Built between 1851 and 1905, this large parish church accommodates 8,500...

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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Simply gorgeous!

While it is technically free, there is a requested donation of 200 HUF or 1 euro, just a note so you can have some change ready. It is a stunning church and well worth the visit... read more

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Tampa, Florida
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While it is technically free, there is a requested donation of 200 HUF or 1 euro, just a note so you can have some change ready. It is a stunning church and well worth the visit. You can pay a small fee to go up to the dome for some city views. We happened to be passing by on a... More 

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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What a fantastic building, no wonder the locals are proud of it. Inside it is clean and shines brightly withe gold leaf and large windows

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It is huge, outside and inside, it is quite modern, it is not the nicest i ever seen but for one euro you must visit it.

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Herrenberg, Germany
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small cafe on the upper terrace is a super cappucino stop. stay awhile and enjoy the views across the Danube to Pest

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This is definitely a must see monument. It is breathtaking to view the inside of St Stephen (Istvan). I would pay more than the 200 F as a donation.

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you can catch a glimpse while walking through the city center. and you would wanna go inside and you should. beautiful choir and amazing building.

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My boyfriend and I only really went along to St Stephens after reading about the "unusual" item on display... and we weren't disappointed. There is a dead king's embalmed hand proudly on display in a side room off the main church hall. If you put money in, the box in which it's displayed lights up so you can get a... More 

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I visited an evening during a service. There was a choir singing and the sound and echo effects were amazing. The maintenance of the artwork is impressive! Definitely recommend a short guided visit if you haven't done so!

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Unfortunately not well maintained a lovely building from all angles climbed 302 stairs to tower not worth it.

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We have been to the Dom in Cologne, the National Cathedral in DC, Notre Dame and cathedrals across Europe, and while St. Stephens may not be up to the level of the Dom or Notre Dame, it is certainly a spectacular historic cathedral close behind those magnificent structures.

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District V / Inner City
Discover the Inner City along the banks of the Danube, with its fashionable shops and iconic buildings. The Inner-City Parish Church and St. Stephen’s Basilica stand out as two of the finest examples of architecture in the area. If you are still hunting for more historical treats, then the ruins of the medieval city walls on Kecskeméti Utca are a must-visit while the Soviet War Memorial is also worthy of attention and relevant to Hungary’s more recent history. If shopping is on your itinerary, then be prepared: the market squares in this area are an absolute delight, particularly during the Christmas period, but even throughout the year you’ll find the latest trends in the shops on Vaci Utca.
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