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St. Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica
If you happen to be meandering through Budapest, and have the urge to do a little sightseeing, St. Stephen's Basilica is definitely a sight to see. The structure is named in honor of Stephen, the first king of Hungary. Apparently, his right hand is also housed here, but fortunately I did not come across it during my explorations. What I did come across, and what will greet you upon entering, is a dazzling array of multicolored marble columns that soar to the heavens. What is not carved in relief on the walls is gilded in gold on the ceilings. The intricacy of the floor and the meticulous attention to detail will almost make you forget to look up. Ah, but when you do, what a sight to behold! The dome of St. Stephen's is probably one of the more awe-inspiring views in Budapest. Natural light spills in from the etched windows to illuminate the works of art that seem to float above you, all while being surrounded by an inordinate amount of gold leaf. The visual masterpiece almost makes you want to clap - it makes you want to give King Stephen a hand.
St. Stephen's Basilica
Sometimes pictures simply do not do a place justice, you just have to go see it for yourself. St. Stephen's Basilica is definitely one of those places. This enormous Roman Catholic basilica resides in the heart of Budapest, and will surely draw awes from anyone who cares to cross its threshold. The intricate details that grace this building are incredible, and given its size, it's hard to imagine the amount of sheer effort and willpower it took to create such a grand structure. Oh, and apparently one of St. Stephen's hands resides somewhere within its walls. Just a little piece of trivia for you to ponder during your visit.

St. Stephen's Basilica at the end of the street
I just loved the scene in itself.
St. Stephen's Basilica at the end of the street Budapest  Hungary

St. Stephen's Basilica
Definitely one place to visit in Budapest.
St. Stephen's Basilica Budapest  Hungary

Concert inside the cathedral - Budapest
St. Stephen's Basilica is one of the significant building in Budapest, its location balance with the Parliament house. Not only it's worth a visit, but also you can choose to attend the concert hosted inside the Basilica at night.
Concert inside the cathedral - Budapest Budapest  Hungary

Picture Perfect from Every Vantage Point
In the area surrounding St. Stephen's Basilica, it seems that it can be seen from every vantage point. It's no wonder considering that it's the country's third largest church. While walking along a side street in Pest, I thought that I was well out of visual range of the basilica. But when I happened to turn around, there it was!

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