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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  • Have a great Haneitz minyan. Very structured prayers that move but are inspiring. Best time is on Chol Hamoed Sukkos, everyone goes to the Sukka together to say Hallel.  more »
  • Interesting audio guide available that takes you around the building. Superb views from the dome both inside and outside. A good introduction to a synagogue for those of other faiths.  more »
  • The renovated Hurva synagogue is absolutely beautiful. Two amazing spiral staircases ..one up , one down to see the views of Jerusalem from the Roof.  more »

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