Seeing that I venture past St. Stephen’s Basilica almost on a daily basis, I decided it was time to know what was inside.
The Roman Catholic basilica is named in honor of Stephen I, the first king of Hungary. Completed in 1905, construction lasted more than 50 years with a major delay when the dome collapsed in 1868. The building is in the shape of a Greek cross and holds more than 8,000 worshippers.
The inside is beautiful. I’ll let the pictures tell that story.
In the back on the left, the Treasury houses St. Stephen’s mummified right hand. It costs 100 HUF (Hungarian Forint) to light up the inside of the box and see the hand. I skipped that option and viewed the pictures instead.
Please note that while advertised as “free,” there is a suggested donation of 200 HUF to enter the Basilica. The amount equates to less than US$1, so it’s nominal. However, the fact that someone is standing there at the “suggested donation” box indicates it’s more than just a suggestion.
On many Mondays throughout the year, there are cathedral organ concerts that cost 3,000 HUF (approximately US$13). There are other concerts featuring different groups, such as the Duna String Orchestra, that cost a bit more, but seem totally worth it. I plan to attend a concert soon!