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. To visit Dohány Street Synagogue and get the most from your holiday in Budapest, create itinerary details personal to you using our Budapest online day trip planner.
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  • Pros- 1 )beautiful interior; 2) excellent tour guide provided historical context for the building and excellent review of religious and cultural traditions; 3) tree of life (at the back of the...  more »
  • We arrived mid afternoon and paid our entry without being told the facility closed in less than one hour--not nearly enough time to tour it. We were directed to a tour and couldn't hear the guide...  more »
  • Located on dohany streets stands this beautiful structure, (the largest synagogue in Europe), built in The mid 1800’s, in the Moorish revival style, it is very reminiscent of the Alhambra in Spain...  more »
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  • Incredible place you don't want to miss. Impressive huge synagogue. One of the biggest in the world. Something you've never seen when going in to a synagogue. different vibe going in. Mixture of cultures, with a somehow church lookalike. But with all the Jewish significance. Going in through the main entrance is a great feeling and seeing all it's beauty even more. Worth taking a look. Includes the museum which is great and informative. One should take the tour!
  • I am a Japanese tourist. It was my first time to visit Budapest, and also Synagogue. So beautiful and absolutely gorgeous. I went to see the exhibition as well, and I lost my camera there. I almost cried when I noticed that I lost it, and I went back to the Synagogue and asked the security staff if they have my camera, but they didn't. I came back to the exhibition reception and asked again. And the gentleman gave me the camera!!!! They found my camera and keeping it for me. I was really touched. I never expected my camera would come back to me, but yes, here in Budapest!!!! I love Hungarian people!!! Thank you so much!! I will come back here again!!!
  • As beautiful as this place is it is FAR too pricey for what you get. For 5000 ft per adult I would expect a much better guided tour and better exhibitions. The place is, however, both unique and fantastic to see, but in my opinion far too expensive for what it is...
  • Living in Europe and having visited many churches, it was refreshing and interesting to experience a synagogue for the first time. Particularly enjoyed the building from outside. Entrance a bit expensive, but might have been more worth it we had taken the guided tour.
  • A different experience after visiting it. - This is a relatively unique building and it helps refreshing your brain after visiting so many churches and basilica in Europe. -The interior of the Synagogue is lavish and gorgeous, I thought I had gone to Israel Jewish Synagogue. I am surprised when I realize this is the largest Synagogue in Europe. -The memorial inside the synagogue commemorates the Jewish who were killed during the holocaust, reminding people how cruel war is. -The entrance fee is a little bit pricey though, it is probably one of the most expensive attraction in Budapest.

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