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. Work out when and for how long to visit Central Sofia Synagogue (Tsentralna Sofiiska Sinagoga) and other Sofia attractions using our handy Sofia trip maker site .
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  • August 15, 2017
    Beautiful from the outside but, unfortunately, it was Saturday so we weren't able to go in. Right by the market.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Beautiful and impressive, is located in the heart of the city behind the market hall and a short walk from the mosque. This mix of places of worship in a small space makes the city of Sofia, very interesting.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Big and impressive synagogue building right in the center of Sofia. It's visible from a distance, really cool.  more »
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  • June 7, 2017
    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...
  • November 13, 2016
    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!
  • October 15, 2016
    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
  • October 4, 2016
    Beautiful and lovingly restored to it's pre ww2 glory.
  • May 18, 2016
    Beautiful synagogue. Very impressive architecture and design. The entrance cost 2 Leva.

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