Cupola of St. Stephen’s Basilica | Budapest, Hungary

The golden cupola shines over the St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest. With its central portrayal of God, it's a unique art piece in the heart of Hungary
St. Stephen's Basilica's golden cupola, a unique blend of spiritual and architectural grandeur

St. Stephen’s Basilica and I have quite a history. In my three visits to Budapest, my accommodation has always been conveniently nestled next to this iconic landmark near the Széchenyi Chain Bridge. As Daria and I emerged from the subway and strolled across the basilica square last November, I was enveloped by a comforting sense of familiarity.

The Golden Cupola of St. Stephen’s Basilica

Each visit to Budapest invariably involves a fleeting glance or a prolonged visit to the basilica. But one sight that remains indelibly etched in my memory is the golden cupola of St. Stephen’s Basilica. My last trip was five years ago, a time when I had yet to acquire my first real camera. Since then, I dreamt of capturing the stunning views of Budapest with my lens.

While the weather on our recent visit didn’t particularly favor photography, it couldn’t dampen my spirits. After all, who needs perfect weather when the city boasts architectural marvels like St. Stephen’s Basilica?

A Unique Depiction Inside the Basilica

One feature inside the basilica that intrigues me is the figure in the middle of the cupola, who is believed to be God. To my knowledge, this seems pretty unique. I’m curious to know – have you encountered any other churches that feature a depiction of God?

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus is the mind-blind photographer, using cameras to create visions and memories that otherwise would be lost to him.

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