• The building of Saint Stephen Basilica with the main cupola (detail)
    Szent Istvans Basilica
  • The building of Basilica seen from the ground (detail)
    Basilica in Budapest
  • The stunning view of the city from the top of the Basilica
    Visit the beautiful basilica in Budapest
  • The facade of the Basilica (detail)
    Szent Istvan Basilica
  • A detailed picture of the altar in Basilica
    Inside of Basilica

Szent István Basilica

The Basilica - striking and grandiose!

The 160 years old, newly renovated church lays in downtown, and is one of the most pompous sight in the area. The St Stephen’s Basilica is the largest cathedral of Budapest, and is very rich in work of fine art. It also hosts the mummified right hand of Saint Stephen, the most esteemed relic of the Christian Hungarian nationality

However not many people know that it is possible to go up to the cupola of the Basilica on foot useing the 365 stairs to the top or by elevator, so if you are curious to see the downtown area from a bird’s eye view, this would be your spot. While strolling around on the cupola we can enjoy the hustle and bustle on Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út and there is a good view of Andrassy Boulevard also and the famous Hungarian State Opera House, not to mention the Citadel and the Castle on Buda side.

We highly recommend you to take part in a mass, if you have the time, because the acoustic of the Basilica is outstanding, not to mention the organ, which is the third biggest organ in the country with its 6000 pipe.

Szent István Basilica

It is located on Pest side.
1051 Budapest, Szent István tér 1.
Coordinates:47.500924, 19.053025
Public transport:
  • Bus: 9,
  • Trolley: 72, 73
  • Tram: 47, 48, 49
  • Metro: M2/M1 - Deák Ferenc tér, M3 - Arany János u.
Year of building:1851-1905
Opening hours:Mon-Fri 9.00-17.00 Sat 9.00-13.00 Sun 13.00-17.00
Entrance fee:200 HUF / 1 EUR donation
Fun facts:
  • A special "merit" of the Basilica that during WWII in its bomb-proof basement safely survived the valuable collection of the National Archives of Hungary and loads of refugees as well.
  • The full renovation of the Basilica started in 1983 and lasted till 2003. During the renovation works 10 kgs of semi-precious stones, 5 kgs of gold and 250 thousand gold-leaves were used. They cleaned 1500 m2 floor tiles, for the inner reparations 300 kgs of additional stone material were needed, 6300 m2 stucco coatings were restored and glazed, and to glaze the marble surfaces 400 kgs of beewax were used. What is surprising 500 kgs of bread were wasted that were also used during the renovation works.