St. Stephen’s Basilica Budapest

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The St. Stephen’s Basilica in the centre of Budapest is the great church of the city. It is in the centre of Pest, unlike the other famous church of Budapest (the Matthias Church at the top of the castle in Buda on the other side of the Danube).

Very famous is the great organ of St. Stephen’s Basilica Budapest. Weekly organ concerts take place, which, despite the large capacity of the church, are often sold out. Also many Budapest tourists come to the organ concerts. A great experience. One should book in advance.  >>>  On this link you can buy a ticket on the internet.


In the mighty St. Stephans Church there is room for 8000 people. It was only built a good 100 years ago and was completed in 1905. 96 metres high, the dome is particularly impressive. It is exactly as high as the dome of the Parliament of Budapest. At that time this was supposed to symbolize the balanced power between church and state. The church was finished in the neo-renaissance style and is today a great tourist attraction.

As a visitor of Budapest, the interior of the church can be visited free of charge. At the entrance there is a sign that a small donation of approximately one Euro is expected, but not all church visitors pay this. As a first-time visitor, one is first amazed by the gigantic size of the St. Stephen Basilica Budapest.

The highlight for many Hungarians who visit the main church of Budapest is the right hand of the first King of Hungary Stephen I (969 to 1038). The embalmed hand can be seen as a relic in St. Stephen’s Basilica.

Very famous is the great organ of St. Stephen’s Basilica Budapest. Weekly organ concerts take place, which are often sold out despite the large capacity of the church. Also many Budapest tourists come to the organ concerts. A great experience. One should book in advance.  >>>  On this link you can buy a ticket on the internet.

The catholic cathedral St. Stephen’s Basilica is a so-called concathedral (co-cathedral). The actual main church of the archbishopric of Esztergom-Budapest is the Basilica of Esztergom, a town north of Budapest on the Danube and on the border to Slovakia, which is also worth seeing.

 

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