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Hurva Synagogue, Jerusalem

(4.7/5 based on 140 reviews on the web)
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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  • A nice place to stop and see the old and new come together in once place. Stunning architecture along with sections that remain from the original synagogue.  more »
  • If you want to see a really good synagogue and you are in the Old City, this is the one. It's 20 shekels and you get a very good audio tour. The building stands 23 meters high and has a balcony around...  more »
  • Our young guide, an American was very knowledgable and good guide. Helped explain the birthright program but her knowledge of the place was excellent.  more »