At a height of 96 metres, St. Stephen’s Basilica is the third tallest building in Hungary. It took more than fifty years to build and plays host to Hungary’s biggest church bell.
Besides the impressive Neo-Classical structure itself, the building contains many surprises. You can see Sisi’s (Empress Elisabeth of Austria’s) own handmade embroidery, as well as József Mindszenty’s (Prince Primate, Archbishop of Esztergom) entire heritage.
Back in 2014, a similarly impressive building feat was accomplished right in front of the basilica. An incredible 34.76m Lego tower was erected, using over 450,000 blocks.
If that isn’t enough, you can add to your experience by climbing to the top of the building and do what our brilliant photographer, Zoltán Pelle did.
Enjoy the breath-taking view of Budapest and send us your best photographs.
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The St Stephen's Basilica is the most important church building in Hungary, one of the most significant tourist attractions and the third highest church in Hungary.
Most of the parts of Evita (1996), the Golden Globe-winning musical drama, starring Madonna was set in front of the St. Stephen basilica
Photo: Zoltán Pelle
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The Saint Stephen Basilica has played an active role in the musical community since its consecration in 1905.
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For more than a hundred years St Stephen's Basilica has offered one of the finest panoramic views of Pest
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The Budapest Eye and the Gellért Hill
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The Basilica is rich in fine arts. In the lobby of the main entrance you can see the Saint Stephen's relief of Károly Senyei, and mosaics by Bertalan Székely and Mór Than.
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The Basilica's architectural style is Neo-Classical. it has a Greek cross ground plan. The façade is anchored by two large bell towers.
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The top of the Basilica is one of the best spots to survey Budapest's iconic skyline
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Baroque, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Neo-Classicism are the most dominant architectural styles in the city
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The red rooftops of Budapest
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A panoramic view with the Parliament building and the Buda hills
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The basilica is named after Saint Stephen, the first King of Hungary (c. 975–1038), whose "incorruptible" right hand is housed in the "Szent Jobb" chapel
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When it comes to architecture, Budapest offers a huge variety from ancient ruins to award-winning modern buildings
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The faces of Budapest from the top
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Visitors may access the dome by elevators or by climbing 364 stairs for a 360° view overlooking Budapest.