Hurva Synagogue, Jerusalem

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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. Put Hurva Synagogue into our Jerusalem road trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Try to enter the free viewing platform around the dome, the incredible panorama of this amazing city!
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  • Could not believe how they built this beautiful structure. It was allegedly destroyed in the war and they re-built this from just a standing arch. The interior is magnificent with art, beautiful ark, ...  more »
  • This is a beautiful synagogue which dates back to the 16th century but was destroyed twice: first by the Ottomans and then by the Jordanians after they took control of the old city in 1948 (one of 30+...  more »
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  • I first saw the Hurva Synagogue in 2004 when it was in ruins. It is now beautifully refurbished. The guided tour is especially helpful in understanding the history of the synagogue and of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. The Hurva is situated in the Rova or central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • The largest and most impressive synagogue in the old city of Jerusalem, with a long history of repeated demolition and reconstruction going back to the 18th century, with the last phase in the 21st century.
  • The synagogue and its interesting history alone are more than enough to justify the small entrance fee. On top you get an amazing view over all of Jerusalem. The audioguides are for free an really useful.
  • This is a very special - and ancient part of Jerusalem, its special beacuse its very holy and spiritual for jews and you can feel it when you walk around. If you are a religious jewish person - It really is a must-see (on your way to the wailing wall of course) good luck!
  • Beautiful view of Jerusalem from the rooftop. You can also go to the attic and look down on the tall shul, which is quite an experience.
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