St. Stephen's Basilica is a Roman Catholic basilica in Budapest, Hungary. The basilica opened in 1906 taking over 50 years to build, it is named after the first king of Hungary, Saint Stephen I of Hungary. The basilica was originally designed to a Neo-Gothic style but was changed with a change of architect after the dome collapsed halfway through the build. The new plans which created what stands today were for a Neo-Renaissance build with a centrepiece dome. The dome is 96 meters high, the exact same height as the Budapest Parliament Building. The interior of the building is wonderful, having been worked on by the best artists from the era. The basilica has two bell towers, one either side of its dome which also doubles up as an observation deck.
The basilica is situated in District V. You can get there on the metro using the M3 (blue line) stopping at ‘Arany János utca’ station. The best option if you are within the city though is to walk.
Opening Times and Admission
The basilica is one of Budapest's most popular sights for sightseers. Guided tours run at the basilica on weekdays, 10am-3pm; Tours cost 2000HUF. You can also attend the weekly organ concert which is held on Mondays from 5 pm, admission is set at 3000HUF. If the tour and the concert are not for you, then you are still welcome at the basilica and can enter for a small donation and have a look around yourself.