Central Sofia Synagogue (Tsentralna Sofiiska Sinagoga), Sofia

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The largest Sephardic synagogue in southeastern Europe, Central Sofia Synagogue (Tsentralna Sofiiska Sinagoga) has been the pride of Bulgaria's Jewish community for almost a century. The synagogue's main chandelier is the largest in the Balkans, weighs approximately 2 metric tons (4,480 lbs.), and is said to be made from ancient Middle Eastern gold. As you enter, note the plastic ornaments and stone carvings on the building's facade. When you enter the richly decorated interior, you'll see marble columns, wooden carvings, and multicolored Venetian floor mosaics. Stop by the small museum on the second floor and the synagogue's famous Judaica library. Plan to visit Central Sofia Synagogue (Tsentralna Sofiiska Sinagoga) during your Sofia vacation using our convenient Sofia travel itinerary planner.
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  • Rich history of the Jewish Bulgarian community can be learned through a visit to this house of worship. We were fortunate to meet some members and the Rabbi and learn about its history. Visit must be ...  more »
  • If you visit Sofia you absolutely must stop by. This Synagogue is central, 2 min from a Mosque, the Mineral Baths and the old market. For £2 you can get in and enjoy the gorgeous colourful interior an...  more »
  • The impressive Central Sofia Synagogue holds a commanding position on Ekzarh Josef St., close to its neighboring Islamic mosque. Bulgaria was one of the very few countries of Europe that made a commen...  more »
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  • Ok. But it is weird that it is the only religious institution that you have to an entrance fee. When asked about it, the doorman abruptly responded that he doesn't care what the other religious institutions do. Weird vibe...
  • The synagogue is a very large and impressive building, standing out of its environment, with large stars of david installed on its roof top. Inside one discovers a really beautiful Sephardic synagogue, with large chandaliers, beautiful altar, colorfull wall paintings, more. I was welcomed by very friendly locals, who showed me around and explained the history of the plavce, including the heart-warming story of the rescue of Bulgaroian Jewery by the Bulgarian people and their curageous king, Boris the 3rd. Don't miss it!
  • Not the most impressive synagogue. It's been recently restored and the floor tiling is like the original one from Venetia. Suppose to be free, but i had to pay 2 levas to visit the temple
  • Beautiful and lovingly restored to it's pre ww2 glory.
  • Very nice building, beautifully restored. The Jewish museum is adjacent to it but was not open when I visited due to work being done. I'm guessing the people who only rated this gem with one star are the same types who are busy spray painting swastikas around the otherwise pretty city.