St. Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest

St. Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest, is just 100 years old. The construction was completed in 1905; this sturdy structure housed the important documents and artworks during World War II bombings.

The dome is 65metres high and very well decorated. The grandness of the interiors is overwhelming! Many well-known sculptors and painters have contributed to the decoration of the inside of St Stephen’s. The incredibly ornate interior features about 50 different types of marble. The chapels are elaborately decorated with many sculptures, including a bust of the basilica’s patron saint, who was the first Christian king of Hungary.

An unusual experience was seeing The Holy Right Hand, the relic of St. Stephen’s right hand. This relic is considered national icon of Hungary – the right hand of St. Stephen. I got an eerie feeling seeing the mummified fist. It is one thousand years old!

One of the many stain glass windows in the basilica.

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), Budapest
Imre Nagy

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