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The St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István-bazilika) is the largest religious building of Hungary. Named in honor the first king of the country, Stephen, the basilica houses the right hand of the great king who ruled the Kingdom of Hungary over a thousand years ago.
The basilica can be seen from most highrise Budapest positions, as its massive cupola dominates the city’s skyline. Constructed in 1905, the Neoclassical building is a wonder to explore both from the inside and outside. A walk around the cupola gives your an impressive, 360 degree panorama for the city!
A visit to the basilica is free, but leaving a donation is recommended! The building is open for all visitors between 09:00-17:00 between Monday to Friday, while on Saturdays they close at 13:00. On Sunday the St. Stephen’s Basilica is open between 13:00 and 17:00. There are even more good news for music lovers, as the basilica regularly hosts concerts. Check out the official website for the latest information!
Remember, your Budapest sightseeing tour will take you right next to the St. Stephen's Basilica. Just hop off the Green Route Bus either at stop 19 or 20 (József Nádor Square, or Elisabeth Square). The basilica is just a short walk from both stops, or, if you enjoy walks, make sure you check out Hop On Hop Off Budapest’s Walking Tours!