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Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)

Dohany u. 2-8, Budapest VII, Hungary (Erzsébetváros)
(01) 342 2353
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Ranked #35 of 256 attractions in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Description: 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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Farmington, Connecticut
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

This synagogue is lovely, but just as important as a visit to the temple is the time you will spend in the attached museum and garden courtyard. We spent a couple of hours poring over the displays and exhibits and learned much about Judaism and its history and traditions. It's easy to get here from the Central Market. You can... More

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New York City, New York
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

At some time, it was the largest synagogue in the world. Beautiful. Historical. Our guided tour was excellent. Definitely worth a visit.

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Dallas, Texas
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

The sanctuary is magnificent, as pretty as you will see anywhere. When you add the history,8000 people rounded up and murdered by the Nazis in the courtyard. Its amazing that some of the people who rated it terrible did so because they had to pay to see it . How do these idiots think the congregation pays for the thousands... More

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Millington, Tennessee
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We spent about 3 hours touring the Jewish quarter in Budapest with a local canter and this synagogue was one of the highlights. It's beautiful and you can see the influence of other religions on the Jewish community of the time the synagogue was built. The fact that the pews are now mainly empty during services now is a testament... More

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Frisco, Colorado
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The synagogue itself is reason enough to visit here, but the bonus is the Hungarian Jewish Museum. If you are not knowledgeable of the Jewish religion and holidays, this is as good an education as you can get anywhere. The guided tour was detailed and informative. The artifacts were impressive. The memorial to the Jewish Holocaust was small but very... More

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Charleroi, Belgique
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

the place is amazing, but you can still feel some pressure inside. lovely architecture, great museum inside and also a nice gallery for temporary exhibitions. it worth the visit.

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Fortson, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

On Monday afternoon 5/12 my wife & I (Christians) visited the Great Synagogue with a guide after first touring the neighborhood & the Orthodox Synagogue. Our entire experience was emotional, especially the stories about the near-eradication of the Jews in Budapest during the Holocaust. Architecture & interiors were different than we had been expecting, both more Moorish outside & plainer... More

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London, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We decided to get the ticket for the tour of the synagogue, museum and Jewish quarter. Our guide was excellent and it was so interesting. Highly recommended!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We found it quite interesting that Theodore Hertzl had lived next door , but really sad that there was a cemetery for the mass of people starved out or flat out murdered during the war actually on the site of the synagogue. It's atypical, unlike the way you find the grounds of many old churches. We also visited twice. Once... More

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Perth, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We were guided in English by Reuben and he was excellent. I feel that everyone should visit this synagogue and the accompanying museum, regardless of religion (we are Scottish Presbyterian) to hear how the Jews have been treated over the years. The aluminium 'tree' with each leave bearing the name of a local Jew who was killed, was particularly poignant.

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