Great Synagogue - Central Synagogue, Budapest

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    MARTYR'S CEMETERY @ GREAT SYNAGOGUE

    by balhannah Updated Apr 2, 2014

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    After viewing the interior of the Great Synagogue, I then walked outside and under many arches on my way to view the "Tree of Life." It was through the arches that I noticed a tranquil area with lawn and old established trees.

    I was inquisitive, so I left the crowd and wandered in for a look.
    First, I should tell you about the Germans establishing a ghetto for the Jews in 1944, where tens of thousands of people were crowded together in inhumane conditions. Many people found refuge in the Great Synagogue, but thousands died during the winter of 1944/45, either frozen to death, died of sickness or starvation, or as a result of the brutality received from the Nazis. Thousands of corpses were found on the streets, many were unidentifiable bodies.

    Today, these unknown people are buried in the Synagogue's garden, which has become known as the Martyr’s cemetery.

    Where they lay at rest, the horrors of war have been left behind, as this is a very peaceful area for quiet reflection.

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    THE INTERIOR OF THE GREAT SYNAGOGUE

    by balhannah Written Apr 2, 2014

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    This was one of the busiest sites I visited in Budapest. I entered and was gob-smacked, for before my eyes was a massive richly decorated oriental interior, complete with frescoes, ceiling decoration, many chandeliers, lamp-brackets, ornaments and a great pulpit and organ. WOW!

    The frescoes are coloured and golden geometric shapes, done by the famous Hungarian romantic architect - "Frigyes Feszl." Women and men in the congregation are separated - the Men have seats on the ground-floor, while women are seated on the first floor gallery. Altogether, 2840 seats are available for the church goers.

    The interior was amazing, so do allow some time to sit and take it all in!

    A MUST VISIT

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    THE EXTERIOR OF THE GREAT SYNAGOGUE

    by balhannah Written Apr 2, 2014

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    Budapest's Great Synagogue is one of the largest Synagogues in the world AND a sight you will not want to miss! This grand Jewish Temple also goes under the name of Dohány Synagogue.

    We first saw the Temple from a side street, at that time we didn't realize what it was! Straight away I liked the coloured brick work and Moorish features. We walked around and found the entrance way where a short queue of people were waiting to buy tickets.

    The Temple was built between 1854 and 1859 in several styles, probably Moorish is the main style, then Byzantine, Gothic, and Romantic architecture can be seen. Two 43.6 metre high towers add appeal to the Temple, so do the yellow and red bricks giving the building a striped appearance. At the entrance way, is a rose stained-glass window.

    Restoration of this lovely Temple took between 1991 to 1998 to complete.

    The Central Synagogue in Manhattan, New York City is a near-exact copy of the Dohány Street Synagogue.

    OPENING HOURS VARY, so please go to this link
    http://www.dohanystreetsynagogue.hu/
    We were lucky to have a look inside, as the Synagogue was being shut later for a very important funeral. Already, the streets around it were closed by Police.

    ADMISSON FEE - 1400 HUF

    Inside the synagogue you have to wear a small skullcap called kipah or yarmulke. You will be given one at the entrance.

    You can buy tickets online and tours are available.

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    Synagogue

    by shavy Written Aug 31, 2013

    The Great Synagogue of Budapest is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world (after New York); it can hold 3000 people, the complex also includes the Hungarian Jewish Museum, a graveyard, and a Holocaust Monument, a metallic weeping willow with the names of those died in the Holocaust
    The temple's acoustics make it a popular venue for concerts if you would like to learn more about the synagogue take the guided tour
    The seats on the groundfloor are for men, while the upper gallery has seats for women
    Men have to cover their heads with a kippa. It is available to borrow

    Admire the impressive building form the outside, enter the synagogue and walk around enjoying the rich decoration

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    Jewish Museum

    by mindcrime Written Dec 16, 2012

    After visiting the synagogue and the memorial park we visited the Jewish Museum that stands there since 1931 on a two-story house in neoclassical style.

    It houses numerous religious relics and ritual objects but we were a bit tired and just checked the Holocaust room where you can see many black and white photographs with shots taken during WWII when the area was a ghetto. As expected we felt depressed after our visit.

    For 2250Huf our ticket included entrance to the Great Synagogue the Jewish museum and the memorial gardens

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    Dohany Synagogue

    by mindcrime Written Dec 16, 2012

    The Great Synagogue of Budapest(Nagy Zsinagóga ) is the largest in Europe! It was completed in 1859 in Moorish revival style and it’s 75meters long and 27meters wide, big enough to house 3000 seats (1492 on ground floor while the balconies can house 1472 women). It’s located in the city center of Budapest and Dohaby street was the border of the jewish ghetto during WWII.

    The synagogue looks impressive from outside with 2 onion-shaped domes on the top of the towers that mark the façade along with the rose stained-glass window over the main gate. There is a metal detector for security reasons which makes you wonder why some people still put the jew on the target. Anyway, we got on the inner yeard and walked toward the main entrance. When we got inside we realized the size of this synagogue but also how beautiful it is full of brown, cream, purple and golden colored geometric shapes and impressive chandeliers. There were small groups of tourists here and there with guides giving information in every possible language. We took some pictures and got out to visit the graveyard and the memorial park.

    There are lots of guided tours organized by the jewish community in many different languages but I preferred to pay only the normal entrance fee which was 2250huf for synagogue/museum/memorial gardens. Then I noticed lots of small groups inside and I could hear the information anyway!

    Tour for Dohaby synagogue+memorial park costs 2650Huf, for Dohany Synagogue+Park+Jewish museum 3000Huf, for Dohaby Synagogue+Rumbach synagogue+Memorial park 3650huf

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    Great Synagogue and Holocaust Memorial

    by Jefie Updated Nov 11, 2012

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    The Great Synagogue of Budapest, also known as the Dohany Street Synagogue, is the largest synagogue in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Completed in 1859, it was built in a Moorish style and it seats close to 3,000 people. The ground floor, reserved for men, has 1,492 seats, while he balconies have room for 1,472 women. Important restoration work was conducted during the 1990s and chiefly funded by Hungrian Jewish immigrant Estée Lauder. There is a Jewish cemetery right next to the synagogue. Over 2,000 people are buried there, most of whom lived in the Jewish ghetto and died from hunger and cold during the Siege of Budapest that took place in the winter of 1944-1945. Also next to the synagogue is the Holocaust Memorial Park.The "Memorial of the Hungarian Jewish Martyrs" takes on the form of a weeping willow with leaves bearing the names of the 600,000 Hungarian Jews killed during World War II.The memorial was partly funded by American actor Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz) , whose parents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants.Guided tours of the synagogue are available in different languages everyday except Saturdays.

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    Dohany Synagogue

    by hungariangirl896 Written Aug 26, 2012

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    The Dohany Synagogue is one of Budapest's most recognized buildings and is the largest synagogue in Europe. This is a Moorish style synagogue with a beautiful pink, purple, brown, and cream-colored interior. You can also visit the Jewish Museum, which contains many old relics (and some ancient), and the Holocaust Memorial, which remembers 600,000 Jews. It's located in what used to be the old ghetto, where some of Budapest's oldest buildings are. If you walk around the Dohany Synagogue, you can find the Rumbach Synagogue as well as some Jewish stores and Kosher restaurants. I recommend a visit here if you are interested in Budapest's Jewish history and want to see the synagogue's beautiful interior.

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    Dohany Synagogue

    by yvgr Updated Apr 3, 2012

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    We visited the Synagogue on Dohany Street in November 2007. The synagogue is the largest one in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. It has room for 3000 seats which reveal how big the Jewish community was in Hungary before WW2 and before the Nazi destruction of the Jewish communites in Europe.

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    The Great Synagogue

    by edvin_br Updated Oct 7, 2011

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    Budapests Synagogue is one of the most amazing once in the world and the largest in Europe. It was built in Romantic style and inaugurated in 1859 according to plans of Ludwig Foerster, in the days before the WWII about 250,000 jews lived in Budapest. It looks amazing both from outside as it was the first in Hungar to incorporate towers and in the Iinterio you can notice its rich walls, gallries, ceiling and of course the Holy Ark that stands in the eastern part of the synagogue, at the direction to Jerusalem.
    In the courtyard there is a monuent to the jews the died in the Holocaust, it was built in 1991.
    Today you can find the building in the central Dohany street, (that by the way means smoking in Hungarian...) a place with many cafes and tourists .

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    Central Pest: Great Synagogue

    by antistar Updated Jul 3, 2011

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    Budapest once had a thriving Jewish population, one of the biggest in the world. The Holocaust took its toll, and as many as 40% of the quarter of a million Jews in the city lost their lives to the Nazis or Hungarian Arrow Cross. Today Budapest, in spite of everything, is still home to one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe.

    The biggest Jewish population in Europe is served by the biggest synagogue in Europe. With the capacity to host 3,000 prayers, it is even, according to the New York Times, the second biggest in the world. It was built in 1859 in the style of Moorish synagogues in North Africa and Spain and has survived bombings by the Arrow Cross Party (deliberate) and Allies (accidental) to become of one Budapest's most impressive sights.

    Entry to the synagogue can be quite complicated. First there is a metal detector, a tragic reminder that even today Jews have been targeted by bombs in Budapest. Secondly you have a choice of tours that is not all that clearly marked.

    Basically it goes like this:

    * If you want a guided tour, buy a ticket from the kiosk outside the metal guard rails, then follow the instructions you are given.
    * If you don't want a guided tour, then enter directly through the metal detector, and buy a ticket from the kiosk on the right of the synagogue before entering. You'll be directed here if you forget and try to enter without paying.
    * If you don't want to spend any money, you can just walk through the metal detector and wander the grounds of the synagogue for free.

    Note: After writing this tip I moved into an apartment overlooking the Synagogue!

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  • Go to the Great Synagogue

    by Jetgirly Written Apr 1, 2011

    The Dohany Street Synagogue is the second-largest synagogue in the world (after Temple Emanu-El in New York City). Seating three thousand people, the synagogue was built about one hundred and fifty years ago, with elements of both Romantic and Moorish architecture. Theodore Herzl was born in a house next to this synagogue, and today the land that once held his house now holds the Jewish Museum. There are other significant exterior structures such as the Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park and the Jewish Cemetery. Inside, there is a five-thousand pipe organ and frescoes painted by Frigyes Feszl. Interestingly, in the 1990s the synagogue underwent a major restoration- funded mainly by Estee Lauder herself! Think about that next time you're spraying on that Youth Dew!

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    The Great Synagogue

    by mallyak Written Dec 17, 2010

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    The Great Synagogue, also known as Dohány Street Synagogue (Hungarian: Dohány utcai zsinagóga/nagy zsinagóga, Hebrew: בית הכנסת הגדול של בודפשט‎ bet hakneset hagadol šel budapešt) or Tabakgasse Synagogue, is located in Erzsébetváros, the 7th district of Budapest. It is the largest synagogue in Eurasia[1] and the second largest in the world

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    The Beautiful Dohany Street Synagogue

    by azz8206 Updated Oct 4, 2010

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    The Dohany Street Synagogue is the second biggest synagogue in the world and the biggest in Europe. It was built between 1854 and 1859 in a Moorish style reminiscent to the Alhambra in Spain and to other North African mosques. Inside it is very beautiful with a Moorish style gallery and ceiling with exceptionally pretty chandeliers hanging from them. There are two floors to the synagogue, the first for the men and the second for women.
    In the side courtyard is a cemetery for the many victims of the Holocaust. The Dohany Street Synagogue was part of the Jewish Ghetto during WW2 and over 2000 Jews that died in the ghetto from starvation and cold are buried here.
    In the rear courtyard is the Raoul Wallenberg Memory Park where the Memorial of the Hungarian Jewish Martyrs is located. It is a Memorial which is dedicated to the 400,000 Hungarian Jews murdered by the Nazis and resembles a weeping willow tree whose leaves bear inscriptions with the names of victims. The synagogue is within walking distance from Deak Ferenc Ter, about 5 minutes. This place along with the Shoes on the Danube are very sombre experiences which brought me close to tears.

    Entrance fee is 2000HUF. Guided tours are extra and there are three to choose from:
    Dohany Synagogue and Memorial Park-400HUF
    Dohany Synagogue, Memorial Park and Jewish Museum-750HUF
    Dohany Synagogue, Memorial Park, Jewish Museum and Rumbach Synagogue-1400HUF
    500HUF extra for picture taking.

    Hours of operation are:
    Monday to Thursday and Sunday-10am to 530pm
    Friday-10am to 330pm
    Closed on Saturdays and holidays.
    Friday and Saturday are open for services but you must be Jewish.

    Just an FYI. Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish humanitarian who worked in Budapest during WW2. He saved tens of thousands of lives by issuing protective passports and housing Jews in buildings established as Swedish territory. Many memorials around the world are dedicated in his honour along with Israel's dedication as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. He is also an honorary citizen of Hungary, Israel, the US and Canada.

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    DOHANY St. SYNAGOGUE

    by ViajesdelMundo Updated Jul 28, 2009

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    This is the world's second biggest synagogue today. Moorish style, designed by German architect, Ludwig Forster. Opened on 6 Sept 1859.

    There are guided tours in Hebrew and English, and can also be booked in season in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian. In addition to providing information about the synagogue, they also include much about the Hungarian history, which is a must for understanding the area.

    Opening hours: 1Nov - 31Mar 10am to 3 pm, Fridays and Sundays til 2pm; 1Apr - 31Oct 10am to 5pm, Fridays til 3pm and Sundays til 6pm.
    The synagogue and cashier close half an hour prior to to those times and is closed holidays and festivals. Groups of a minimum of 10 persons receive a discount.

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