Synagoge in Budapest

If the Jewisih Community in Budapest is what you’re looking for then the Great Synagogue(also known as the Central Synagogue) on Dohany Street is the perfect place to begin. It is the center of Neolog Judaism and is located in the 7th district. It is also, the largest synagogue in Europe and the fifth largest in the world (second in the world that is functional).

The Great Synagogue stands 43.6 meters tall , 75 meters long and 27 meters wide. It was built between 1854 and 1859 by Ludwig Forster, a German-born Austrian architect. The original was bombed by the pro-Nazi Arrow Cross Party in 1939. Besides being a devoted house of prayer to the Jewish community is was also used as a base for German Radio and as a stable during World War II.

The Dohány Street Synagogue is a actually a complex that consists of the Great Synagogue, the Jewish Museum, the Heroes’ Temple, the graveyard and the Holocaust memorial. The Jewish Museum constructed between 1930-1931 holds collection of religious relics of the Pest Hevrah Kaddishah (Jewish Burial Society), ritual objects of Shabbat and the High Holidays and a Holocaust room. The Heroes’ temple is used for religious services on weekdays and during the winter time and serves as a memorial to Hungarian Jews who gave their lives during World War II.The Cemetery is a result of tragic historical events during World war II. The interior is vast and ornate, with two balconies and an organ. Its ark contains 25 torah scrolls taken from other synagogues destroyed during the Holocaust.

How to get there: Metro: M2 get off at Astoria. Bus: No.7, 7A Tram: No.47, 49
The Great Synagogue holds extended hours in the summer and all year long they have an Admission fee:1400 HUF. Inside the synagogue you have to wear a small skullcap called kipah or yarmulke. You’ll receive one at the entrance.

Sights around the Synagogue

Tours on which you will see the Budapest Synagogue

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