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St. Stephen's Basilica

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Ride an elevator to the dome of this large church to admire the panoramic views across Budapest and the Danube.

St. Stephen’s Basilica is a neoclassical church with an imposing dome and elegant turrets. With a height of 315 feet (96 meters), it is the tallest building in the city and among the largest churches in the country. Admire the opulence of this majestic church that features stunning stained-glass windows and works of art.

Admire the elegant façade, which is flanked by two tall bell towers. Enter through the main portal and be impressed by the sheer size of the nave. Attend one of the many musical programs hosted in the basilica, known for its acclaimed head-organist. These concerts include classical, choral and contemporary performances.

The church has a capacity for 8,500 people. Ride the elevator or climb the 364-step spiral staircase to reach the cupola’s 360-degree viewpoint. Capture photos of Buda Castle, Gellért Hill and other Budapest attractions.

Learn about the intriguing history of this church, which was completed in 1905 and named after King Stephen I of Hungary. Peruse the reliquary for ecclesiastical items, including what is supposedly the king’s right hand, which was said to be “incorruptible.”

Relax in the spacious pedestrianized plaza in front of the church. Sit at one of the terraced cafés and restaurants with a view of the church. Come to the market in the square at Christmastime when there is a large tree, decorative lights and an ice-skating ring.

Stroll down the adjacent Andrassy Avenue, which is famous for its Millennium Underground network. Visit the operas, art galleries and upscale boutiques of this central boulevard. Admire the neo-Renaissance buildings that line the street.

Enter the church for free with the option of leaving a donation. It is open to visitors daily from morning until late afternoon during the week with shorter hours on weekends. Purchase a ticket to access the cupola viewpoint.

St. Stephen’s Basilica is near the city center on the eastern Pest side of the River Danube. Ride the subway to Bajcsy-Zsilinszkyút, which stands on the southeastern corner of the church. Nearby sites include Elisabeth Square and the Hungarian State Opera.

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