Synagogue - Dohány Street Central Synagogue, Budapest

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    Take a tour of the Synagogue

    by MLW20 Written Sep 13, 2006

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    The best way to see the huge Central Synagogue, Holocaust Memorial and museum is to take a tour with Aviv.

    The whole tour takes about two hours. On your own it can take much longer plus you won't know exactly what you are looking at. Our guide in the museum was great. She told personal stories from her survival at Auschwitz.

    The tours are cheap and you buy the tickets at the booth right outside the entrance to the synagogue.

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    Great Synagogue

    by Babzz Written Aug 25, 2006

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    The largest synagogue in Europe and second-largest in the world. There is a Holocaust memorial in the garden, as well as a Jewish museum next door documenting Hungary's Jewish history.

    Unfortunately, it was closed when I got there, but even the outside of the building was beautiful-magnificent artwork. If I ever return to Budapest, I will surely return during open hours!

    Hours: May-Oct M-Th 10am-5pm, F 10am-2pm, Su 10am-2pm; Nov-Apr M-Th 10am-3pm, F 10am-1pm, Su 10am-1pm, Services F 6pm
    Covered shoulders required
    Tours available

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    Tree Monument

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 11, 2006

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    The Dohany Synagogue Tree Monument is placed right behind the synagogue and is a memorial to the Holocaust Victims. It was designed in metal and looks like a willow tree. Each leaf displays the name of a victim.

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    The Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagóga)

    by Ewingjr98 Written May 21, 2006

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    Central Synagogue

    This synagogue, completed in 1859, is the second largest synagogue in the world, behind only the Temple Emmanuel Synagogue in New York City. Behind the building, you will find the garden of remembrance where a weeping willow sculpture stands as a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

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    Great Synagogue

    by nhcram Updated Apr 11, 2006

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    Great Synagogue

    Designed by a Viennese architect this synagogue is the largest in Europe. It has 3 naves and true to tradition it has separate galleries for women. It can hold up to 3,000 worshippers. The synagogue holds a museum within it housing a vast collection of historical relics.

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    Central Synagogue

    by DPando Written Nov 18, 2005

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    Its an impressive building at first sight closer to Astoria square and Deak ter..it was building in the middle of 19th century by an austrian (Forster). The face og the bulding is in white and red brick with a wealth of ceramiche entrance is not free, costs around 400 and 1000HUF and alow enter to the museum

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  • Great Synagogue

    by Lena1979 Written Oct 25, 2005

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    This synagogue built in Byzantine-Moorish style is largest in Europe. We entered synagogue and were amazed to see a lot of ornaments and decorations inside. It is so different from synagogues in Israel with their modesty of interior.

    The price of admission includes entry to synagogue and the Jewish museum where Jewish related items from the Roman period to the present day are assembled. If you want to take pictures in synagogue, you are expected to give some donation.

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    by Lena1979 Written Oct 25, 2005

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    In the courtyard of the Great Synagogue there is a weeping willow made of granite and steel to commemorate the Hungarian Jews killed in World War II. Each metal leaf is engraved with the names of Nazi victims.

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    The Central Synagogue

    by dejavu2gb Written Sep 23, 2005

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    Completed in 1859, this is the second largest synagogue in the world.
    It features a room that can hold an estimated 3,000 people, catering for the large Jewish Community of Budapest.
    Its was restored to its former glory after it was partially destroyed in WW2. The 2 domes were repaired to their former brilliance, and today the Synagogue is one of the many beautiful landmarks of Budapest.

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    VIIITH Jewish Summer Festival Aug 27 2005

    by budapest8 Written Aug 30, 2005

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    Ma freind Nino by the Big Synagogue

    VIIITH Jewish Summer Festival Aug 27-Sep 4: Program: Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. Miskolc Symphony Orchestra. From 7pm at Dohány utca Synagogue. Budapest Jazz Orchestra. 7pm at Rumbach Sebestyén utca Synagogue). Organizers: Jewish Cultural Center, Pest, District VII. Síp utca 12. Tel: 343-0420, www.jewishfestival.hu. Details under Aug 27.

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    An Awe-Inspiring Edifice

    by larigot Written Aug 10, 2005

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    The Great Synagogue

    The Great Synagogue, built in the late 1850's, is one of the outstanding religious buildings in Europe. It is the largest synagogue in Europe, and it is a stunningly beautiful building inside and out. Whatever your religious persuasion - even if you have none at all - make it your business to see this lovely building. Incidentally, when in America, be sure to visit the Central Synagogue on Lexington Avenue and 55th Street in New York City . Its design was inspired by the Great Synagoge, although it is somewhat smaller.

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    Zsinagoga

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jun 11, 2005

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    Zsinagoga

    In Dohany street you can see one of the biggest and nice synagogue. It has got a Byzantine-Moresque facade made by Ludwig Forster in 1854-1859. Near the nice synagogue there is a building built in the same style of the synagogue that is a very interesting museum where you can find many objects about the Hungarian Jewish people and them history.

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    The Tree of life and the Raul Wallenberg park

    by MedioLatino Written May 25, 2005

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    The Tree of Life

    Behing the main Synagogue in Dohany street, you can find the park named after the famous Swedish diplomat Raul Wallenberg.

    In the center of the park there is the Tree of Life, modelled after a weeping willow. The tree is a memorial of the 600.000 martyrs who were victims of the holocaust.

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    Budapest Central Synagogue

    by msocolin Written Mar 21, 2005
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    This synagogue is one of the biggest synagogues in the world. Apart from its size, it's also one of the most beautiful ones. It has a moorish architectural style with two towers. Inside it looks like a church rather than a synagogue, which was strange.
    In the back there's a monument to Raoul Wallenberg.

    This is something you should not miss!

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    Europe's largest synagogue

    by call_me_rhia Written Feb 26, 2005

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    the main synagogue

    The Budapest synagogue is world's second largest and Europe's largest. It can seat about 3000 people.

    This beautiful building is in the Pest side of town: it scenic, it glitters in the sun and... it's impossible to visit unless you take the official guided tour. In winter 2005 they asked for 1900 florins - or else about 8 euros. not exactly cheap for a religious building, which I believe they should be free. I did not go inside.

    What I missed, inside, is the Jewish Heroes' Mausoleum and Temple, in memory of the Jewish people killed in WWII.

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