Budapest Great Synagogue - details and images

Jews were expelled from the city in the eighteenth century such as Hebrew-founded a neighborhood just outside the old city. Jews have built their main synagogue in a residential area. This great temple was built between 1844 and 1859 after plans and advice Ludwig Forster.

Great Synagogue in Budapest is the second largest in the world - the largest is in New York - and can get about three thousand people. Byzantine style reminiscent of the monuments and fascinating sights of the Far East. Two domes are placed on top of the twin towers 43 meters high. The two towers symbolize the columns of the Temple of Solomon.

Spacious interior is very richly decorated. A single column supporting the dome 12 meters high. Seats are for men downstairs and upstairs in the balcony seats are also women. Surprisingly, the synagogue also has an organ, although this instrument is used only in Christian churches. Great acoustics of the synagogue, Budapest make this a perfect monument for all kinds of concerts.

During the Second World War, the Great Synagogue in Budapest underwent dramatic events. The Nazis established a ghetto in Hebrew in 1944 which used only as a starting point to embark for the deportation. Some people have found refuge in the synagogue but thousands and thousands of people died in the winter of 1944. Their bodies are buried in the yard.

Behind the main building is located Heroes Temple which was built between 1929 and 1931 to commemorate the Jews who died in WWI.

Restoring Great Synagogues of Budapest was completed not long ago and some of the costs were covered by a foundation of Tony Curtis which has Hungarian roots.

Hebrew Museum adjacent to the synagogue has a memorial room dedicated to the Holocaust and many exhibits about Jewish culture. The museum has the same schedule as the synagogue.

Address: Dohány utca 2-8. District VII.

Metro: M2 Astoria station.
Bus: 7, 7A
Tram: 47, 49

2 noimebrie - 21 March:
Sunday to Thursday: 10.00 - 18.00
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The rest of Friday is open until 15:00.

The price to enter the synagogue is 1200 HUF and 700 HUF for students.
The Hebrew museum entrance is free with Budapest Card.

There are guided and guided tour in English costs 1900 HUF
Inside the synagogue must wear a kipah or yarmulke. You will get something at the entrance.

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