The Basilica of St. Esteban in Budapest, Hungary

Miguel Angel Victoria Fotógrafo

The Church of St. Esteban, in Pest, is known as “Basílica”, although it is not a Basilica in the strict sense of its architecture since it has a Greek cross plan.
Its construction, in neo-classical style, started in 1851, with the design by József Hilde, and finished in 1905, year in which was enshrined. Hilde died in 1876 so, at his death, Miklós Ybl was in charge of continuing with this work. All interior architecture and decoration of the basilica are the work of József Kauser, who completed the building after the death of Ybl.

The Basilica of St. Esteban is the biggest church of Budapest, and it can lodge up to 8.500 people. Its dimensions are 87 meters long, 55 meters wide and a 96 meters in height.

The Basilica of St. Esteban is the biggest church of Budapest, and it can lodge up to 8.500 people. Its dimensions are 87 meters long, 55 meters wide and a 96 meters in height.
Also, it holds the record of having the biggest bell of the country. It is dedicated to St. Esteban, the first king of Hungary consecrated by a pope in the year 1000, after the conversion of the country to Catholicism. In the San Diestro chapel, a mummified hand of San Esteban is preserved like relic.
The interior decoration was made with marbles of different colors and precious stones. The numerous statues that are there are pieces of the most important Hungarian artists (József Dankó, Károly Lotz, Gyula Benczúr and others).
The mosaic that decorates the main altar of the Basilica was made inspired in Benczúr paintings, and the statue of San Esteban, in white marble, is by Alajos Stróbl.

During the second World War, many important documents and works of art were stored here due to the robust of its walls.

During the second World War, many important documents and works of art were stored here due to the robust of its walls. The south tower is used as a viewer and provides visitors a magnificent view of the entire city. This service requires a purchase of entry.
During the summer nights, organ concerts are celebrated.
The acoustics of the Basilica of San Esteban of Budapest are simply incomparable. If you enjoy classical music, you have to go to concerts to this imposing stage. The celebration of auditions of sacred music are frequent and its organ recitals are famous in all of Europe. Vivaldi, Bach or Mozart are habitual of the cathedral.
To mention that the organist of San Esteban has a good collection of international awards and that the basilica offers concerts every Thursday.
For art lovers Basilica of St. Esteban in Budapest holds inside one of the most representative samples of the best Hungarian artists of the 20TH century. In an environment of red and black marbles, you can see fresh, sculptures, pictures, liturgical objects … Perhaps one of the strangest images of the world is the one of Hungarian Cardinal József Mindszenty. Whom died of natural causes in Vienna, in 1975. However, in the representation he appears crucified on a sickle and a hammer, in a fence of thorns.

Madonna, the Queen of the pop, attended to their betrothal film in 1996 and this Cathedral was chosen by Alan Parker, director of ‘ prevents ‘

The Queen of pop was married here.
Madonna, the Queen of the pop, attended to their betrothal film in 1996 and this Cathedral was chosen by Alan Parker, director of ‘ prevents ‘, for the scene of the wedding of the blonde protagonist with her beloved Peron. Another of the hidden secrets in the Cathedral is that here
lie the remains of one of the most important football players of all time, the Hungarian Ferenc Puskás. The player stayed in the Real Madrid from 1958 to 1966 and formed part of one of the most legendary fronts of the team meringue, in company of Di Stefano, Kopa, Real, and Gentoo.

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St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary
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The Basilica of St. Stephen is one of the most important and ecclesiastical tourist attractions of Budapest.
In 1838 the Rio Danube flooded most of Pest. The citizens had to flee their houses and go up a small hill that was standing out of the Pest flatness. On having saved its lives, they decided to donate money to construct a church in that place like a sign of gratitude towards God.

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