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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  • The Sinagogue in Sofia is really very nice inside. The Painted Ceilings are very nice. You only have to pay 3bgn per person to go inside which is very reasonable. There are 2500 members at the Synagog...  more »
  • I wanted to stop here to learn a bit more about the Jewish community in Bulgaria. I was actually a bit disappointed with my visit. The guards at the entrance were not too friendly or helpful. Unlike a...  more »
  • We specifically walked to this synagogue but it is small and just OK. We paid our 4 BGN but spent very little time here. If you have the interest.....do it!  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.
  • Beautiful synagogue. Very impressive architecture and design. The entrance cost 2 Leva.

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