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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  • Great Synagogue. Was really close to our smart hotel and i've checked many times. There is a very beautifull museoum  more »
  • It's a beautiful building from the outside but not very accessible. It's not a welcoming experience, the door is always closed. After ringing the door bell you can enter and you go through the securit...  more »
  • We have come freely, without any money, although read feedback about payment for entrance. The Interior of the terrific. Besides us, there was no one inside. An elderly servant told us the history of the Bulgarian diaspora in General and synagogues in particular, and made it very interesting! Allowed to be photographed. Of course, we left him a donation to the temple. External territory too, very well groomed, even with a children's playground. All recommend!
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  • A lovely synagogue in excellent condition. It was built in the early 1900s. Entry to all houses of worship in Sofia are free but when you enter they ask you to pay a small amount (about 3 leva / $1.95 a piece if I remember correctly) to enter the museum. They make it seem compensatory. For that price someone from the congregation will tell you all about the synagogue and you can ask questions. It is a very interesting story. Technically there is a small museum near the entrance and there are some things of interest to see. I recommend seeing this site.
  • Very beautiful outside and inside. You have to pay 3 Lev / person to enter inside. It's no clear how to enter, when you go to the main door you don't see nothing but a closed door. Open it or knock it and they will let you enter
  • The second biggest synagogue in Europe. A host spends a few minutes to explain history of the place and the meaning of Hebraic symbols
  • Dont miss this place. There is something to see inside
  • Beautiful inside. Even if you see the door is closed, just ring the bell and they'll open it for you!
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