History of the Basilica
The Name of St. Stephen's Basilica was given this name in memory of Stephen I of Hungary (975-1038), the country’s first king. The temple houses the Holy Right Hand of St. Stephen, one of Hungary’s most sacred relics.
The dimensions of the church are extremely impressive; it is 180 ft (55 m) wide and 285 ft (87 m) long. The dome stands 314 ft (96 m) tall, making it the highest building in Hungary’s capital, along with the Hungarian Parliament building.
The construction of St. Stephen’s Basilica was completed in 1905. It took over half a century to build, partly because the dome collapsed in 1868, due to inadequate construction works.
Climbing to the top of the towers
Visitors can climb to the top of the church’s right tower, where there is an impressive observation deck with beautiful views over Budapest.
You can ascend both by elevator and stairs, for a fee of 3,200 Ft (US$ 9.20), which also includes a visit to the treasury.
Monday: 9 am – 4:30 pm.
Tuesday to Saturday: 9 am – 5:45 pm.
Sunday: 1 pm – 5:45 pm.
Panoramic terrace and treasury
Every day from 9 am to 7 pm.
Basilica: 2,000 Ft (US$ 5.70) (reduced admission: 1,500 Ft (US$ 4.30))
Panoramic terrace and treasury: 3,200 Ft (US$ 9.20) (reduced admission: 2,700 Ft (US$ 7.70))
Basilica, panoramic terrace and treasury: 4,500 Ft (US$ 12.90) (reduced admission: 4,000 Ft (US$ 11.50))
Budapest Card: 20% discount
St. Stephen's Basilica Organ Concert € 29 (US$ 31.60)