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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  • Great Synagogue: photographed uncomfortable. The massive building on a not-too-broad Street. Beautiful, durable worth.
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  • A beautiful synagogue, style is not usual a lot of moorish influence- so very interesting. The chandelier is amazing.  more »
  • We found the place easily. It looks very impressive from outside. Due to Jewish Passover, the place was closed. Will try next time  more »
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  • 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.
  • An important synagogues in Europe ... beautiful architectural ...