The church began being built in 1851, and was finalized in 1906. During World War II it was bombed and badly damaged, however during the years it was renovated and returned to its former glory. In the renovations of 1870, the architect Joseph Metzger gave it a Gothic look, as he did to many buildings he renovated.
During World War II, art pieces and documents were hidden at the basement of the basilica of great historical importance. However, the basilica was badly damaged during the war. It was completely renovated only between the years 1983 and 2003.
In the past decade, it has also undergone renovations, deep internal and external renovations, that renovated and return to the basilica the original beauty. The building combines different architectural styles, including neo-Classical and neo-Renaissance styles.
The basilica is 96 meters tall, and if you will succeed in climbing the 323 stairs of the St. Stephen Basilica, you will reach the balcony at 65 meters high, with the incredible breach stopping view of all of Budapest.
From the balcony, you will see different sites around Budapest, worth a visit. Notice that places like the Big Synagogue of Budapest, Heroe's Square, with the arches behind the main statue, or the pretty Museum of Art that in itself is beautiful, even from far away.
However, it is not only the dates that were affected by the events that haunted the project. The look of the church was hurt quite a bit from the change of architectures and their styles. Maybe this is the reason that the exterior of the St. Stephen Basilica is not less impressive than its size.