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.
Central Europe largest Jewish community lives in Hungary, mainly in the Budapest. Of the 22 synagogues in Budapest the Moorish style Dohany utca synagogue is outstanding and also unparalleled in Europe.
It is Europe's largest exsisting and still functioning synagogue, seating 3.000 worshippers, was built from 1854 to 1859. This was the first usage in the history of synagogues built in Hungary of two towers. The red and white striped brick of the exterior is decorated by ceramics. The inside hall consists of three naves. Seven rooms contain the collection of historic and religious relics of Jews in Hungary. There is also a Holocaust Memorial in the courtyard.
Because of its excellent acoustics it is also frequently used for concerts.
During the Second World War, 600.000 of the 720.000 strong Jewish population in Hungary perished in Nazi concentracuon camps.
Next to the main building of the Sunagogue in Dohany street lie the arcades of the Jewish Heroes' Mausoleum and Temple in memory of the thousands of Jewish martyrs who died during the Second World War, and the ghetto created here by German troops during the war.
One of europes largest synagogues ,centre of the former Jewish Ghetto district ,charactersized by dark narrow streets and bullet holes in the facades round windows and doors. The synagogue was left intact as a memento of a " extinct " race and housed a collection of Jewish artefacts ,was also the scene of several massacres by the Arrow Cross towards the end of the war.
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
On our Budapest VT meeting VT member croisbeauty guided us to a few Synagoges of the city.
The Central Synagoge (Zsinagoga) of Budapest is the worlds second largest Synagoge. It was build between 1854-1859 and has seatings for 3000 worshippers.
The Raul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial is located in the backyard of the Dohany synagogue.
The memorial is to remember the 400000 hungarian-jews that were killed during the war by Arrow Cross and Nazis.
The memorial is a weeping willow tree made by the artist Imre Varga.
On the leaves of the tree you will see names of people who died.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Budapest synagogue is the world's second largest and Europe's largest synagogue. It was built in the 19th century in Romantic style for the around 30,000 Jewish community of Pest. The Jewish Museum is in the adjacent building. Next to the main building lie the arcades of the Jewish Heroes' Mausoleum and Temple in memory of the thousands of Jews who died during the Second World War. -
La Sinagoga de Budapest es la segunda más grande del mundo y la primera de Europa. Fue construída en el Siglo XIX en estilo romántico, por la comunidad judía de Pest, de aproximadamente 30.000 miembros. El Museo Judío está en el edificio adyacente. Al lado del edificio principal se encuentra el Mausoleo y Templo en memoria de los cientos de Heroes Judios, muertos durante la Segunda Güerra Mundial
The Moorish style landmark was once the centerpiece of a vibrant Jewish community. When that community was destroyed by the nazis, the synagogue suffered neglect and disrepair. Recently, assisted by funds from abroad, the Dohany Synagogue has been renovated to its former splendor.
It is a monumental, magnificent synagogue, with a capacity of 2,964 seats (1,492 for men and 1,472 in the women’s galleries) making it one of the largest in the world.
Memorial to Hungarian Jews who gave their life during World War I. The courtyard to the rear, houses the Synagogue's garden of remembrance. Names of Jewish families who were murdered, an insciption simply reads
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.