St. Stephen's Basilica
St. Stephen’s Basilica (“Szent István-bazilika”) is the largest church of Budapest. The building was finished in Neo-classicist style in 1905, following 54 years of planning. Similarly to the Parliament, it is 96 meters high, which makes it the highest building of Budapest. Its capacity is 8,000 persons. The interior is characterized by rich ornamentation; the huge windows radiate dignity. This place of Catholic worship was named after St. Stephen, the first Christian king of Hungary, whose mummified body is buried in the undercroft. His intactly preserved right hand, the Holy Dexter, is kept as a relic in the Basilica’s main aisle. The Basilica is also a significant musical venue, where various concerts are held.
Tip: If you are not moved by classical music, you should still visit the dome for a marvelous view of the city. An elevator goes up to the roof, and another one takes you to the treasury.