Second in size only to the one in New York, this amazing Byzantine-Moorish structure is situated on the edge of the Old ... More
Dohany Street Synagogue
Second in size only to the one in New York, this amazing Byzantine-Moorish structure is situated on the edge of the Old Ghetto. Restored and re-inaugurated in the presence of famous Jews such as Yitzhak Rabin and Tony Curtis, this is the ideal place to begin visiting the historic Jewish area of Budapest. Enjoy the history and grandeur of Great Synagogue, also known as Dohány Street Synagogue.
After riding past the Great Synagogue several times, it was a great joy to get to tour it on my 9th day in Budapest. The admission is reasonable and the ability to have an English language tour by a very knowledgeable guide made the experience even better.
The beauty and appointments of the inside of the restored synagogue are fabulous. The grounds are equally impressive witht he cemetery and victums memorial gardens.
My favorite item was the metal weeping willow tree bearing the names of 600,000 Hungarian Holocaust victims etched onto the metal leafs. Please do not miss this special attraction when you visit Budapest.
This is described as the only Catholic synagogue in the world because of its ornate interior. The only other ornate I have visited is the Moorish temple in Prague, The Great Synagogue is a stark contrast to the austere examples in Krakow and as such should be visited while in Budapest. The history of Judaism in Hungary during the life of the congregation spanning Nazism, Communism and Democracy is of great interest.
I loved how i fealt like i had actually lived in the 1944 tragedy. I loved the beautiful architecture. If you decide to visit this place on your travels through Hungary, you have made an extremely attentive choice. PS IM HUNGARIAN
I have never been to a synagogue before and this was quite a humbling experience knowing all that went on during World War II in Hungary and the surrounding areas. I would recommend you to go just if you want to see a part of history.
A remarkable building with an unusual style as synagogue but a definete worth to visit.
The garden and the museum is a must seen
The tourist guides and the museum staff are extremely helpful and well prepared for any questions.They are efficient and friendly as well.
The synogogue, I believe, is the largest in Europe, and it's the most beautiful one I've seen yet. Fortunately, not too many travelers visit it, so it's not touristy in the least bit. Admission is free, although there might be a charge to get into the adjacent museum.
Jewish Synagogue and Museum an emotional roller coaster
By A Yahoo Contributor, 11/14/04
The Synagogue and Jewish Museum of Budapest will mean different things to different people. You may wish to visit here for the architecture and history, this alone would be well worth the admission. But for many ( myself included ) it's an emotional roller coaster filled with joy, memories, pain, and in 1944-tragidy. Regardless of your religious beliefs, If you really want to understand people, try to see where they worship or have worshipped, past or present.
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