St. Stephen's Basilica, or Szent István-bazilika in Hungarian, is a magnificent Roman Catholic basilica located in the center of Budapest, Hungary. It is named after Stephen I, the first King of Hungary, and is one of the most important religious and architectural landmarks in the city.
Construction of the basilica began in 1851 and took over 50 years to complete. The architectural style is primarily neoclassical, with a mix of Renaissance and Baroque influences. The basilica's imposing exterior features a grand dome that rises to a height of 96 meters (315 feet), making it one of the tallest buildings in Budapest. The intricate details, sculptures, and ornate decorations on the facade add to its grandeur.
The interior of St. Stephen's Basilica is equally impressive. The main nave is adorned with beautiful frescoes, intricate mosaics, and elaborate stained glass windows, creating a sense of awe and reverence. The centerpiece of the basilica is the stunning main altar, crafted from white marble and adorned with sculptures and decorative elements.
One of the most treasured relics housed in the basilica is the mummified right hand of St. Stephen, Hungary's first king and patron saint. Known as the Holy Right, it is displayed in a reliquary inside the basilica and attracts pilgrims and visitors from around the world.