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Thermal baths in Budapest »»
If you plan to spend more than one day in Budapest, it's worth visiting one of the Hungarian capital's thermal baths.
The Saint Stephen's Basilica in Budapest
The Saint Stephen's Basilica is one of the most beautiful and most important
religious and tourist sights of Hungary.
The largest church in Budapest,
dedicated to Stephen I (997-1038), Hungary's first Christian King was canonized
in the presence of Francis Joseph I in 1905; the church was built in two
architectural styles (classicist and neo-Renaissance) from 1851 over 60 years.
The church of Greek cross plan was built by Jozsef Hild - architect of the
cathedrals in Esztergom and Eger -, Miklós Ybl and József Kauser. The interior
of Saint Stephen's Basilica, holding 8500 persons, rich in artwork: decorated
with paintings and sculptures created by the greatest Hungarian artists, for
example Mór Than, Bertalan Székely, Gyula Benczúr, Károly Lotz, Alajos Stróbl,
János Fadrusz, Béni Ferenczy and Árpád Feszty.
Since 1971 the mummified right hand of King Stephen the Saint's, called Holy
Right Hand is kept here, in the Chapel of the Holy Right Hand. This is the most
important relic of Christian Hungarian statehood, taken in a procession around
the basilica on 20th August every year (Saint Stephen's day) remembering of the
foundation of the Hungarian state and canonisation of King Stephen (20th August
in 1083). After 20 years of restoration work, which was costed more than 4
billion Hungarian forint (about 15 millions euro) and finished in 2003, the
Saint Stephen's Basilica expect visitors in its grandeur. The Basilica has six
bells, one of them, called Saint Stephen's big bell, situated in the southern
tower. Hungary's largest bell weighing 9 tons, made in Passau (situated on the
Bavarian-Austrian border) in 1990, rings twice a year: on 20th August at 5 PM
and New Year's Eve at midnight.
FREE ENTRANCE TO THE FOLLOWING CONCERTS
Week-end concerts in the Basilica!11th of November, 2006 (Saturday), at 7:00 pm
MOZART MEMORIAL CONCERT
with Celeng Mária, Balga Gabriella, Honinger László, Asztalos Bence and the
chorus and symphonic orchestra of Bartók Konzervatórium.
12th of November, 2006 (Sunday), at 7:00 pm
ECCLESIASTICAL MUSIC of Norvegian, Finnish and Swedish Choruses
with Korioslo / Follo Chamber Choirs, Norway, Vasa Chamber Choir,
Finnland Balsta Chamber Choir Sweden.
Permanent order of masses
On weekday:at 7 and 8 o'clock am in the Chapel of the Holy Right
at 17:30 pm and 18:00 o'clock pm in the Basilica
On Sundays and holidays:
at 8 am, 10 am, 12, 18:00 o'clock pm in the Basilica
at 9 o'clock am (school time) and half past 7 pm in the Chapel of the Holy Right
Concerts in the Basilica
23rd of October (Monday): from 7 o'clock pm: Mozart Requiem
26th of October (Thursday): Church is closed through wedding
from half past 2 till 4 o'clock.
29th of October (Sunday): from 7 o'clock pm: Mozart Requiem
4th of November (Saturday): from half past 7 pm: Verdi Requiem
12th of November (Sunday): from 7 o'clock pm: concert of a swedish choir
18th of November (Saturday): from half past 7 pm: Mozart Requiem
23rd of November (Thursday): from 7 o'clock pm: Kodály: Missa Brevis
(opening of the "Week of Hungarian Choirs")