The Pest neighbourhood is dominated by the 96-metre-high dome of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent István-bazilika), which is Budapest's largest church for no less than 8,000 believers. The construction of this church was not without problems. Construction began in 1851, but the architect died before the project was completed. His successor discovered large cracks in the walls. Less than a week later, the dome collapsed. Then architect Miklos Ybl rebuilt the church in Neo-Renaissance style. The church was opened in 1906.
The interior is richly decorated with frescoes and engravings. In addition, more than 50 different types of marble have been processed. The church is named after the country's first Christian ruler, King Stephan. He died in 1035 and was later canonized. The king's mummified right hand is kept in a separate chapel. It is quite dark, but for a (large) amount of money a light goes on. This hand is carried in a procession on 20 August each year.
From the dome tower you have a beautiful view over Budapest and the various sights.
Website: St. Stephen's Basilica
Address: Szent István tér 33 Opening
Admission: free, possibility of paid tour
Consult the website of the St. Stephen's Basilica for up-to-date price information and opening hours.