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Hurva Synagogue, Jerusalem

4.6
#21 of 81 in Historic Sites in Jerusalem
Landmark Religious Site
A prominent landmark of the Old City's Jewish Quarter, Hurva Synagogue has undergone destruction and reconstruction multiple times. Established early in the 18th century, the synagogue was sacked by Muslims in 1721 and later by Arab forces in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The current synagogue, completed in 2010, recreates the 19th-century architectural plans, reflecting a Byzantine revival style. Pay attention to the wide commemorative arch of the original synagogue, restored in 1977 while waiting for approval for larger renovations. Enter to see the soaring Holy Ark and learn the history of this Ashkenazic place of worship. Climb up to the veranda surrounding its dome for excellent views. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Hurva Synagogue by using our Jerusalem tourist route planner.
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  • In the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem the Hurva Synagogue is in the centre. Up to the 1990'ies the building was almost a ruin (Hurva in Hebrew), but it was rebuilt and is now one of the most beautiful ne...  more »
  • A definite stop when in the Old City of Jerusalem. Spectacular synagogue with beautiful colors and aerial views of Old City, as well as interesting history.  more »
  • This particular synagogue was restored in an exact manner as witnessed its destruction. The place brings us back a century to the days of modest Jerusalem who worked the Lord alone and quietly out of poverty and self-sacrifice to Torah. Amazing and special.
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