The St. Stephen’s Basilica is one of the most beautiful neo-classical buildings of Budapest. This is the most important church in Hungary, one of the most significant tourist attractions and the third highest building in our country.
The construction started in 1851, according to the plans of Miklós Ybl, and was completed by József Kauser in 1905. In the next 50 years the church suffered from wars, storms and earthquakes. The church was reconstructed 1983-2003.
The program of the concert was adapted by Miklos Teleki who belongs to some of the best organ artists in Hungary. The arias of the program are performed by Kolos Kováts, one of the most famous concert an oratorio singer in Hungary. Among numerous prices, in 1992 he received also the highest prize hungarian artist can aquire: the Kossuth Prize. The flute is played by Eleonóra Krusic who is already known for her performances with different orchestras from Barcelona to Zürich, Graz and Vienna.
Tommaso Albinoni (1671-1751): Adagio
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Prelude and Fugue C Major BWV 545
Antonio Stradella (1639-1682): Pieta Signore
Antonio Vivaldi (1655-1736): 4 Seasons – Winter
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756;1791): Ave verum
Ferenc Liszt (1811-1886): Fantasy and Fugue on the theme B-A-C-H
Georges Bizet (1838-1875): Agnus Dei
Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Ave Maria
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827): The Glory of God
Johann Sebastian Bach: Menuett, Badinerie from B minor suite
Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565)
The pieces with soloist are performed by Kolos Kováts and with organ. The pieces with flute are performed by Eleonóra Krusic and with organ.
Organ concerts in the Basilica in December: 4., 11., 18., 27. The concerts begin at 20.00.
MINIVERSUM is a gigantic, beautifully detailed and decorated model layout featuring many sights and landmarks from Budapest and Hungary – and a bit of Austria and Germany – scaled to 1:100 of original size.
Let yourself be enchanted and you will discover that it is "just like the real thing", and how crazy and miniscule things we could construct in the mini world of MINIVERSUM.
Here you can check the map of the MINIVERSUM venue. Under location and contact, you can find information about how you can best get to us on foot, by car or public transport.
More info: MINIVERSUM
The 3D effect animations are the most popular program of the Advent Feast. The colourful Christmas and spiritual motifs come alive in perfect union with the architecture and represent the largest and most spectacular visual experience of Budapest during holiday. The themes of the four films are the Advent and Christmas habits in a playful, idyllic mood. The Hungarian artists wished to present meaningful, but also picturesque scenes.
The projection is visible and audible from almost every part of the square so that you can enjoy classic Hungarian tones or traditional folk music, too. Although the light painting starts only after dark, at 16.30, it is still early enough to join for each family with kids.
Every half an hour, every day between 4.30 pm and 8 pm.
More info: http://adventiunnep.hu/en/
From Advent to New Year the square in front of the Basilica gives home to a charming Christmas fair (also known as Advent by the Basilica). There's an ice-rink in the middle surrounded by a number of vendors selling Christmas-themed arts and crafts, mulled wine, pálinka, fried sausages and other tasty fares. Advent candles are lit each Sunday. The ice-rink is small, but if you feel like hitting the ice during the holiday season, it's the perfect place to be.
Monday - Thursday: 11:30 am to 8 pm
Friday: 10:30 am to 10 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm
(Exceptions: Dec 24: 10 am to 2 pm, Dec 25 & 26: closed, Dec 31: 10 am to 4 pm)
More info: http://adventiunnep.hu/en/