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Marvelous architecture, stunning interiors, breathtaking views and an animated mummified hand, all good reasons to visit the St Pauls of Budapest

St Stephens BasilicaBefore the West-End Shopping Center started running balloon rides, the Basilica, Budapest’s largest church, built between 1848 and 1905, provided the best view in Pest. If you’ve the energy for the stairs, and if not there’s a lift that will take you most of the way, you can still enjoy the view and, indeed, a very fine church into the bargain. Located right in the vibrant cafe-bar-restaurant district it’s a good opportunity on first arriving in the area to really get your bearings. Complete tours, which are not compulsory, with the trip to the top of the 96m (316ft) copula with the view thrown in will set you back the priestly sum of around just £4 (1500ft). The West-End Balloon costs about the same but then it doesn’t have the stunning architecture, interior and not to forget the added attraction of the mummified hand of Hungary’s patron saint, the 1st King St Stephen, in a box that lights up on receiving a donation!
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