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Dohány Street Synagogue, Budapest

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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3.6/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web
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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  • A visit with a guide (available in french), this place recalls the horror of the Holocaust and the courage of some that we saved the Jews. The buildings in him is great. Caution: Men need a hat, a cap or a kippa, because it is forbidden to return without a head covering. If we have nothing to cover her head one receives a Kipa in paper which is very hard on the head. (It is possible to buy in the shop.)
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  • The Jewish section of Budapest is a short walk from many of the downtown hotels. As the largest synagogue in Europe it is not to be missed along with several other synagogues. The Memorial Garden is p...  read more »
  • We had an English guided tour which was very interesting as it was not only about the building but also about Jewish history and community in Hungary. 
  • 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!
  • Wonderful typical place (neologist jews are only in hungary); the guide will explain the history of the community and building. The tickets are quite expensive, but I think it's fair to let people visit the synagogue only with guided tour, otherwise you wouldn't understand the place and its history. Very nice and interesting.
  • I was fascinated of the inner space of the Synagogue. It seems quite big from outside, but it is simply HUGE from inside. And it has the atmosphere from 1001 nights. The many lights reflecting in gold, everywhere. The Synagogue is built like Christian churches, this makes part of the fascination as the kind of space is familiar, but not the almost romantic splendor. A pleasant experience. Not so much what you can read outside, in the courtyard, about what has happened in 1944/5. More than 2000 jews buried in mass graves in the courtyard. A splendid tree of silver leaves and a glass-art memorial behind the synagogue. A very important experience to see this site.
  • This place was restored by Tony Curtis father. Unbelievable synagogue. The Holocaust memorial of the stainless steel Willow tree with the names engraved on each leaf is very moving. Beautiful grounds. After you should take the short walk to the Jewish quarter.
  • Beautiful grounds, easy to spend 2+ hours. Wonderful architecture and chilling history. A must see if you've never been.
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