Erection of the St István Parish Church, generally known as The Basilica, was commenced in 1851, but was not completed until 1905. The Neo-Renaissance style church is the largest in the capital, with a length of 86m, breadth of 55m and a height of 96m.
Because of the narrow confines of Saint István Square, the best view of the Basilica can be obtained from Castle Hill (Várhegy) on the opposite side of the Danube. One’s main impression of the church is of its monumental size, rather than of the restrained, interior decoration.
Attraction: The Basilica (Szent István Bazilika)
Location: Pest, V. district
Transport: M3 Arany János utca or M1 Bajcsy-Zsilinszky utca
Address: Budapest, Szent István tér
Open: church Mon-Sat 9-19, Sun 13-17, chapel: 10-16, cupola: Apr-Oct 10-17
Price: church free, cupola 500 HUF, chapel 150 HUF
Guided tours: Mon-Fri: 11.00, 14.00, 15.30; Sat: 11.00; ticket (adult/children)1600/1200 HUF