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“Lovely tour of historic synagogue”
Review of Hurva Synagogue

Hurva Synagogue
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Since its original construction in 1700 by the followers of Rabbi Judah, the Hurva has been been destroyed twice in order to weaken the presence of Jews in the Old City. The Hurva tells the story of the rebirth and renewal of the Jewish community in the Old City of Jerusalem. The site features a massive ark, and an amazing 360 degree view of the Old City from the observation deck.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lovely tour of historic synagogue”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Tour of Hurva is not to be missed. Tour guide, Miriam is very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. Tour requires reservation and English tour is afternoon at 2pm. Access to the 3rd level gives you a view of the city but requires walking up exterior spiral staircase. I mention this because previous experiences at the Blarney Castle, Chichen Itza, and Mount Washington, all gave me the same visceral response.

Visited June 2014
5 Thank Nrl216
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“Beautiful synagogue”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Completely restored synagogue. You can only visit it during posted prayer times or with a group. The view from the top is fantastic.

Visited June 2014
Thank David L
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Beit Shemesh, Israel
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“Quite impresive”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

very tall. great view of old city from the roof. We had friends in that live there who got us permission to enter.

Visited February 2014
2 Thank שמואל ש
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Ottawa, Canada
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“An Absolutely Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

A visit to the recently re-built Hurva Synagogue should be on every visitor's list of 'must do' activities. Entirely re-built on the foundations of its predecessor this gleaming structure has become the focal point of the Jewish Quarter in the few short years since its re-opening in 2010.

It was interesting to follow the work as it progressed on each of my visits over the years. The broad square in front compliments it nicely and the benches are a great place to contemplate its exterior before entering.

Attending a service there is a very moving experience. However, as a functioning Synagogue it is only open to visitors wishing to tour at certain times. A listing of these times is posted on the small door down the side street to the left as you descend the stairs over the Cardo. The ticket office is behind you across the street in the lower Cardo. At 25 NIS it is a bargin.

Be sure to read up on it before you go so you will more fully understand the importance of what you will be seeing. There are several internet sites giving all the historical details along with many evocative photographs. I personally prefer the website of ' The Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem' for practical information on this and many other sites in the Jewish Quarter.

The natural light shows the flawless workmanship and inspiring designs to great effect. The tour guides are knowledgable and personable. Be sure to get out on the railing around the cupola. The distant views are amazing and when you look down you will be able to spot places to explore later while getting a sense of how interconnected everything is.

While it is wonderful to have this new landmark, I do miss the old stone arch which for years was a symbol of both tragic destruction and potential re-birth. It is a shame planners could not install a smaller replica (perhaps in bronze) on an edge of the present square as a reminder of what had once stood there for so many years.

Once you have visited the Hurva you will no longer give it just a passing glance as you pass by on your way to the Kotel or other destinations in the old city. Instead, you will find yourself stopping to reflect and contemplate it as a symbol of the enduring strength of Judaism.

It will have become a part of your psyche.

Visited March 2013
5 Thank Yonatan C
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

We were in the old city on Saturday and decided to have a look at the synagogue which was open that day, The building is beautiful in design and architecture definitely worth having a look if you are in the area, it was renovated in 2010

Visited December 2013
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