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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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  • I'm always amazed just how beautiful this building is. Sadly, this time I wasn't able to go inside as usual.  more »
  • I visited budapest great synagogue (the largest in Europe), on the occasion of a visit with my companion. For sure the synagogue is beautiful and is one of the most important attractions, one of those things that if you go to budapest you should definitely try to see. But don't give the maximum score for several reasons. First the price that you pay is too high (4000 florins that is more than 13 euros), the ticket allows you to visit the Museum's garden but in my opinion are not that great. It also bothered me not being able to buy a tarp for my back. It is absolutely right to ask women to cover their backs, this happens even in Christian churches, but it is not correct to say that the curtain is provided free of charge and then once you find that the fabric is free because you have to use the same cloths already used by other ... which doesn't sound hygienic calculating that on 21 July with the temperature there was people were sweating a lot. I asked to be able to buy a new one but I was practically stopped, the boy with me back insistently to take the fabric to the left that it was free! This thing made me very ill. So to avoid unpleasant episodes bring a shawl with you, it's better.
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  • whether jewish or not this is an important place to see. beautifully kept and so much to learn. i would highly recommend this site  more »
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  • The synagogue was high on my list of sights I wanted to see in Budapest. The building is seriously impressive from the outside and even more impressive inside. It is the largest synagogue in Europe and has a memorial museum next to it as well as graves and a weeping willow tree installation and a small garden. Tours run every 45 minute and the guides are very knowledgeable with the history of the Hungarian Jews and details about the Holocaust. Entry to the synagogue is around 18€ which includes entry to the museum next door. Photo's are allowed to be taken inside and out as well as in the museum. There is a gift shop inside where souvenirs can be bought. A must see for almost anyone interested in architecture, Jewish history, their culture or just learn more about the Jews of Hungary.
  • Beautiful exterior and even more extraordinary interior. It was restored quite recently and has a unique blend of styles inside. Some of the style feel Ottoman, but the structure of it is quite like a church. The garden inside and holocaust memorials are poignant.
  • Very beautiful, old moorish style synagogue. It was a very wonderful tour of this building. We had a local guide for our group that is a native of this area and could share much of its history. Would recommend. Only takes about an hour to see the whole place.
  • The most beautiful catholic synagogue as jews said when it opened. This building is amazing knowing how fast it was build and how it lasted despite all the attacks it suffered from foreign cultures.
  • Extremely expensive for nothing special. The architecture is wonderful, but you have to pay 15 euro to visit inside. The basilic is better and more beautiful.

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