The Great Synagogue of Budapest
Two towers with cuploa of Synagogue of Budapest
The cupola of the Synagogue from inside
The inside of the Synagogue of Budapest
A detailed window from the Synagogue of Budapest
The Synagogue in Dohány utca
The second biggest Synagogue in the world, a magnificent monument, can be found in Budapest, near Deák tér.
It was built in the heydays of the 19th century and its size and ornamented design give a true picture of the cultural requirements of the wealthy Jews at the time.
It has to be admitted that the pompous building was not really frequented by the common Jews but rather by the leaders. The romantic architectural design is combined with byzantine moor elements and the whole building has a special eastern attitude, especially due to its double cupola decorated by ceramic tiles. There are more than 3000 seats in the three naves of the synagogue. There are also a few Christian details, which is unusual for a Jewish chapel, such as the organ and the pulpit. This sets the building apart from other synagogues.
During the 2nd World War the Synagogue was part of the Jewish ghetto, about 70 000 people were held captive in the buildings surrounding the Synagogue. The grounds became a cemetery for those who died during the occupation and they also created a Holocaust memorial statue in the form of a weeping willow, with the names of those who died written on it.
Visiting the Synagogue is almost a must-see on the itineraries of all who visit Budapest. The synagogue itself has nice acoustics and hosts classical music and organ concerts as well as the popular Summer Jewish Festival, which is usually organized at the end of August every year.
1074 Budapest, Dohány utca 2.
|Year of building:||1854-1859|
|Opening hours:||Sun - Thu 10.00-18.00 Fri 10.00-16.30 Sat closed|