St Stephen's Basilica is named in honour of St Stephen, the first King of Hungary (975–1038), whose mummified fist is housed in the reliquary.
Along with the Hungarian Parliament Building, it is the tallest building of Budapest (96 m). It has a width of 55 meters, and its length is 87.4 meters. It was completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction. Much of this delay can be attributed to the collapse of the dome in 1868 which required complete demolition of the completed works and rebuilding from the ground up. The architectural style is neoclassical and the interior is laid out in Greek cross. The facade is anchored by two large bell towers. In the southern tower you can find Hungarys biggest bell. Its weight surpasses 9 tons. Its predecessor had a weight of almost 8 tons, but it was used for military purposes during the second World War.
Opening hours of the basilica: Monday-Friday: 9:00 - 17:00 Saturday: 9:00 - 13:00 Sunday: 13:00 - 17:00
Chapel of holy fist: Monday-Saturday 1 April - 30 September 9.00 - 16:30 1 October - 31 March 10:00 - 16:00 Sunday 13:00 - 16:30
Visitors may access the dome by elevators or 364 stairs for a 360° view overlooking Budapest. In the winter it is closed, opening on 15th March.
Website of the Basilica: http://www.basilica.hu
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