St. Stephen’s Basilica is the most imposing and significant ecclesiastical building in Hungary. The Basilica earned its name from King Saint Stephen who was the founder of the Hungarian sate. The variable architectural styles and artistic content made the building an outstanding cultural value and tourist attraction in Budapest, welcoming thousands of visitors and residents each year.
St. Stephen’s Basilica can leave a difficult past behind itself as its construction had to suffer several complications. The monumental building is the largest catholic church in Budapest and it can hold up to eight thousand people. The remarkable dome of the Basilica leaps into the sky at the height of 96 metres, offering a breath taking panorama of the city. It is well worth taking a closer look on the facades and towers too. The charming sculptures on the façade represents the Hungarian Saints with Madonna and baby Jesus and you can also recognise other greatest Biblical and historical figures as well. The largest church bell of Hungary is located in the right-side clocktower with the weight of 9 tons. You can hear the bells chime on special occasions only, once on the 20th August and on New Year’s Eve.
VISITING ST. STEPHEN’S BASILICA
St. Stephen’s Basilica welcomes visitors every day to observe its amusing beauty, magnificent dome altar from inside. By visiting the building, you can discover the Museum of Treasury and the Panorama Tower. The Museum of Treasury provides an insight to the inner life to the ecclesial community by representing liturgical objects and introducing the history of the construction of St. Stephen’s Basilica. The Panorama Tower offers a wonderful panoramic view of Budapest. Visitors can access the look-out tower with elevators or can climb the 364 stairs to the top. St. Stephen’s Basilica not only a house of prayer but also serves as a venue for classical organ concerts where grand pieces are performed by famous composers.
St. Stephen’s Basilica is located in the 5th district, in the city centre of Budapest, and can be easily accessible with tram line 2 or by walking from Deák Square. The building is practically open every day for visitors, and admission tickets can be purchased on spot. Taking pictures is allowed in all parts of the building.
Address: 1051 Budapest, Szent István tér 1. (St. Stephen Square 1.)
Official website: http://en.bazilika.biz/