"St. Stephen's Basilica" St. Stephen's Basilica - Szt Istvan Bazilika Tip by Gypsystravels

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This impressive neo-classical basilica was named after St. Istvan who was the first Hungarian Christian King. Construction began in 1851 and in 1857 the famous architect Miklos Ybl added the Dome after the original collapsed. The basilica was completed by Jozsef Kauser in 1905.

Inside the basilica you will find the beautiful Main Alter which contains the marble statute of St. Istavan and scenes of his life are depicted behind the alter. There are paintings by Gyula Benczur as well. The Dome is equally amazing with mosiacs which were designed by Karoly Lotz. The Dome reaches an impressive 315 ft. and can seen from all over Budapest.

Located in the Chapel of The Holy Right is the mummified preserved right forearm of King Istvan.

If you are lucky enough to be visiting Budapest when the Dome is open to the public you can climb to the top for some excellent views of the city.

Address: 1051 Budapest, Hercegprímás u.
Directions: Near Deak Ferenc ter (central metro station (M1 M2 M3), terminal for buses 4 9 15 and trams 47 49;M1 or bus 4 express Bajcsy-Zsilinszky ut station/stop.
Phone: +36 1 317-2859
Website: http://www.basilica.hu

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  • Updated Dec 9, 2014
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