St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

Szent Istvan ter 1., Budapest


St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) is a Roman Catholic basilica in Budapest. It is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary, whose right hand is housed in the Basilica. The site of today's basilica was a theater in the 18th century. It was completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction.
Today it is the most important church building in Hungary, one of the most significant tourist attractions and the third highest church. According to current regulations there cannot be taller building in Budapest than 96 metres St. Stephen’s Basilica. The architectural style is Neo-Classical; it has a Greek cross ground plan. The façade is anchored by two large bell towers.
Visitors may access the dome by elevators or by climbing 364 stairs for a 360° view overlooking Budapest.

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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    13:00 - 17:00

  • Mon

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 13:00

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  • Michael Romero

    - 02 September 2018 -

    This is one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever visited. It’s is right in the center of the city and the outside is large and impressive I had no idea how beautiful it would be on the inside. The layout of the church is more square but the decorations and ceilings are a sight to behold. The relics are a holy treasure and this is a place you must visit when in Budapest.

  • Andrea Erminio Intoccia

    - 30 August 2018 -

    Enjoyed the Basilica a lot. The square outside is in a nice area of Budapest. Getting inside is free, but a symbolic donation of 1€ is suggested. The Basilica is really well maintained and they organize daily functions and concerts. Definitely to visit if you're in Budapest! I'll go there again

  • Robert Dahlström

    - 30 August 2018 -

    When you are in Budapest you must visit this place. It's an amazing church where you can feel the history coming at you as soon as you enter the building. It's very beautiful, and even if you're not religious you will feel spiritual when you are here. One of the best churches in Europe, if you ask me.

  • Travis Morgan

    - 04 August 2018 -

    It's worth putting a couple in the slot to see the "hand of St. Stephen." Apparently this hand was never preserved, but miraculously did not deteriorate with the rest of his body. They even parade it around the city once a year. Fascinating--something you certainly won't see anywhere else!! The basilica is outstanding as well.

  • A Google User

    - 30 July 2018 -

    One of the most beautiful places I have ever been. A gorgeous church which you can enter for free. The only thing that is asked is a donation, but this is optional. The exterior of the building is just as beautiful as the interior. For a few euros you can even visit the tower. Overall a really good experience.

  • A Google User

    - 26 July 2018 -

    Very quiet place in city center. You can just sit and enjoy nice feeling. This basilica is in the very center of the city. That is why you can reach it by metro, bus and tram. Very close to the rivers. And I recommend visiting various shops and restaurants nearby.

  • Stine Hansen

    - 22 July 2018 -

    Beautiful church! Make sure to remember to cover your shoulder, in respect. Access to the church was 200 forint, around 1500 forint for the lookout. There are elevators almost all the way up, just a few steps at the end. The view is great. Definitely worth a visit!

  • Kielan D'Souza

    - 02 July 2018 -

    This church is amazing and free to enter. You can a very small fee to go up to the dome for a view of the city. We actually went to their Friday night concert which was very, very well done and performed amazingly. We got the category III. seats which are furthest from the Alter but it honestly doesn’t matter at all. You can see everything and more importantly HEAR everything. And they are the cheapest! You also see more of the church in general. The great organ was immense. The show runs about 1.25 hours and is worth the 15$.


    - 17 June 2018 -

    Gorgeous roman catholic architecture church. It is noticeable from large distances and catches the eye in an instant. The main front of the church is at the back of the main road from where only the curved walls are visible. Stunning from inside as well and full of tourists and localites throughout the day. The history of the church is well explained using posters and wall displays. Was innaugurated with a first congregation around the year 1905.

  • Tobias Fischer

    - 08 June 2018 -

    Magnificent and glorious in each and every way! A visit during the week right on opening really pays off with very few fellow tourists allowing for a calm and decent atmosphere. There's no admission for the church itself, climbing the dome costs a small fee though. I highly recommend the organ concerts on thursdays: a display of sheer power paired with pure grace can barely be seen or heard anywhere like this, in my oppinion. While not being absolutely mandatory, be sure to bring decent enough clothing. Definitely leaves a lasting memory!

  • Nantia Modsy

    - 08 May 2018 -

    Haunting church, beautiful inside and outside, free enter for the church.

  • Amelia Rivera

    - 06 May 2018 -

    Worth checking out

  • Nistha

    - 01 May 2018 -

    Very beautiful church, feels like part of heaven.

  • Mehmet Biçer

    - 29 April 2018 -

    Amazing ! Tower has very nice land space

  • Vasek S.

    - 22 April 2018 -

    Entrance 1€. Also candle for 1€

  • John D.

    - 18 March 2018 -

    Marvelous always when I come around.

  • Анна Чевычалова

    - 15 March 2018 -

    Architecture is very unique in Hungarian way, Sisi was coronated here!

  • Nes

    - 23 February 2018 -

    Climb the stairs to watch the beautiful panoramic view

  • Filip Novotný

    - 29 January 2018 -

    The panorama view from the tower is worth a visit. The student ticket is only 400 HUF.

  • Karolina Kelly

    - 25 January 2018 -

    During Christmas time there were Christmas markets, very nice atmosphere!

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