Photographer's Note

The St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent István bazilika) is a large beautiful neoclassical church. Three famous architects were involved with its design and construction between 1851-1905. It is named after its patron saint, St. Stephen, who was the first King of Hungary (c. 975–1038). The church suffered significant damages during WWII, the restoration started in 1983 and completed in 2003. Today the church is a major tourist attraction of Budapest, visitors can go to a viewing platform around the dome by elevators or by climbing 364 stairs for a 360° view overlooking Budapest. Inside the artwork of many famous Hungarian artist can be admired.

The picture was taken two days before the large celebration of St. Stephan's day on Aug. 20th, a national holiday. He become a Saint on this day in 1083, the year shown above the Vatican flag. The temporary structures in front of the building are part of the preparation for this anniversary celebration.

A closeup view of the the main door of the basilica is shown in the Workshop.

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Additional Photos by Barnabas Bozoki (bbarna) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 5 N: 564] (1513)
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