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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Szent István Bazilika

St. Stephen's Basilica is a Roman Catholic basilica in Budapest. Equal to the Hungarian Parliament building at 96 meters high, it is one of the tallest buildings in Budapest. It has a width of 55 metres, and length of 87.4 metres. The building was completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction, according to the plans of Miklós Ybl, and was completed by József Kauser. Much of this delay can be attributed to the collapse of the dome in 1868 which required complete demolition of the completed works and rebuilding from the ground up!!!


It is named in honour of Stephen, the first Christian King of Hungary (975–1038), whose mummified body is buried in the undercroft. His intactly preserved right hand, the Holy Dexter, is kept as a relic in the Basilica's chapel. 


The Saint Stephen Basilica has played an active role in the musical community since its consecration in 1905. The head organists of the church have always been very highly regarded musicians. In the past century the Basilica has been home to choral music, classical music as well as contemporary musical performances (see program here). 



This is definitely one of must-go-places in Budapest!

1 comment:

  1. 宗派の壁をものともせず、荘厳 豪華な建物に威圧されることなく 全てを撮らえようとする眼差しの強さ。
    なおかつ儀式を行う彼らの視線をも恐れないYoshiさんは いつもながら凄いなぁと思います。
    灰色に浮かび上がった空の色が一番気に入りました。
    ハンガリーって日本から遠そうですね(笑)

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