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Dohány Street Synagogue, Budapest

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Steep yourself in Judaism and Moorish Revival architecture at Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe, which can seat 3,000 people. Viennese architect Ludwig Forster built the structure between 1854 and 1859 using Islamic influences typical of North Africa and medieval Spain. The synagogue experienced significant destruction during Nazi occupation, when it was bombed and used as a German radio base and stable. However, it was restored to its original design during reconstruction in 1991 and 1998. Visit the site's Heroes' Temple, Jewish Museum, Jewish Cemetery, and Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park. Step inside to see the synagogue's spectacular interior, famous for the colorful, geometric frescoes designed by Hungarian architect Frigyes Feszl. Add Dohány Street Synagogue to your Budapest travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Budapest trip generator.
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  • Exhibits the past glories of a significant European Jewish community while literally showing the ashes of atrocity to all those who choose to turn a blind eye. The diaries of the youth saw the coming ...  more »
  • THis is one of the most beeautiful synagoges I ever saw. The are tours in many languages/ Apart from the synagoge itself, the yard is very impressive, with mass graves of holocaust victim, and statues...  more »
  • Pros: Memorial Garden- great scupltures and art dedicated to Holocaust victims Tour included in ticket- tour guide really nice and open to questions, explained the features of synagogue in a historica...  more »
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  • As far as I know it is the second biggest Synagoge worldwide. Impressive, and our Tour guide was very good and nice. Ladies remember to wear something on your knees ans shoulders, otherwise you have to buy a scarf. And men have to wear a hat, but they give you a paper one if you dont.
  • The Jewish muzeum is very small. The sinagogue and the garden are nice, BUT it's definitely not worth 4000HUF (≈€15).
  • Great place to spend some time exploring history. If you look closely in some areas of the district you can see bullet holes in the sides of buildings from the war.
  • This is probably one of the best synagogues I've ever been. Not just because it's big, with different areas to see and with a lot of history backing it up, but because there are different tours you can do. As well, as a few other synagogues I've been, it has a busy cemetery on it.
  • Had an excellent experience on the Jewish quarter walking tour! Learned about history of the history of Jews in the quarter and got to view the insides of some extremely beautiful synagogues. Our tour guide, Fanni, was extremely knowledgeable, provided excellent commentary on points of interest as our tour progressed and was able to provide answers to our questions. I give both Fanni and the tour a 5-star rating! Definitely worth your time when traveling through Budapest!