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Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)

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Address: Dohany utca 2-8, Budapest 1074, Hungary
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+36 1 343 0420

The world's second-largest synagogue, featuring a room that holds three...

The world's second-largest synagogue, featuring a room that holds three thousand people, is a center for the large Jewish community of Budapest.

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It was a bit confusing where to join the English language tour, but once we joined, that was fine. The synagogue is huge and beautiful inside. There is a moving memorial garden... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2014
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British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2014

We visited the Dohany (transl. tobacco) Street Synagogue and the adjoining Jewish History Museum and cemetery as the centerpiece of a Jewish History tour of Budapest. You don't need to be Jewish to appreciate this! First of all, the synagogue itself is quite beautiful and a testament to the importance of the Jewish faith in Hungarian life and history. It... More 

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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2014

This vast brick-built edifice is like a cathedral and is a testimony to Budapest;s Jewish heritage; so many Jews were killed in the concentration camps in the War. A "tree" with leaves for those who died is in the courtyard, and the adjoining museum shows harrowing photographs, striped uniforms and other memorabilia. A worthwhile place to visit; the guide was... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2014

Highly recommend a visit to this historic and beautiful synagogue. A tour guide will help provide the historic perspective.

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East Midlands, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 410 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2014

If in Budapest it is well worth making a visit here a top priority, the history and culture of this synagogue have been lovingly restored to all of its former glories but the sadness and tragedy of the not so distant past still seems to come through. A ,oving experience irrespective of your religion if any.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2014

We just arrived in Budapest, rented a car and headed to the synagogue, Unsure of parking policies, I stayed with the car. Good thing I did. A plainclothes guy helped me to load the parking meter correctly just as the ticket lady came by. Ten minutes later, my friend came out and since we had time on the meter we... More 

1 Thank Angela B
Brunswick, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2014 via mobile

This is the second largest synagogue in the world. It is part of the complex that incorporates the Holocaust Memorial in Budapest. We did not take the tour because we were pressed for time, but I'm sure we would have learned more if we had. The compels also has a museum. It takes a couple of hours to see everything... More 

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New Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2014

The building is beautiful and the museum is interesting. The most moving part of the experience was outside in the memorial gardens. I have read a lot about what the Hungarian Jews went through but actually standing where so many of them are buried, and reading their names, is humbling and sad. Also realising that many of them were unidentified.... More 

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Reviewed 16 September 2014

It was a bit confusing where to join the English language tour, but once we joined, that was fine. The synagogue is huge and beautiful inside. There is a moving memorial garden and some sculptures. There are two areas of museum, one of which had an interesting film, but the other was ordinary.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 380 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2014

The architecture and remnants show how it once was. There is a lot of nostalgia going thorough this building and the illustrations of the materials used are helpful. You can understand how the shrinking population made it impractical to keep all of ths up so it is little more than a reminder of things past.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 14 September 2014

This beautiful house of worship has been lovingly restored with money donated in part by the Lauder family as well as the actor Tony Curtis! A majestic interior with peaceful garden in the rear.

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District VII is the very heart of Budapest and houses the city’s Jewish Quarter. Its streets are lively and colorful, its buildings narrate different histories in an assortment of architectural styles, and its cafes and bars are frequented and loved by the enthusiastic crowds. Grand and magnificent, the striking star of the district is the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Distinctly Moorish in style, crowned by the twin onion shaped domes, the Synagogue is the very emblem of District VII and one of the main attractions in the capital.
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