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“Modern yet beautiful Synagogue, memorials, artwork and history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)

Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)
Dohany u. 2-8, Budapest VII, Hungary
(01) 342 2353
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Budapest Tour with Optional Danube River Cruise
Ranked #37 of 405 things to do in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner 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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“Modern yet beautiful Synagogue, memorials, artwork and history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Even if you're not religious I still think you should take the time to visit churches or different faiths and see the place of worship - it's always interesting, especially when you're abroad as faith means different things to different cultures. Obviously Judaism is very prominent in Budapest/Hungary and the Great Synagogue is a beautiful building in the Jewish Quarter that shouldn't be missed. Be sure to time your visit as it closes in the early afternoon, we visited on Sunday then went for a Jewish lunch buffet at a nearby restaurant.

You need to buy tickets to enter the grounds, you can also do a guided tour - they did them in many different languages. Once you've paid you will go through a strict bag check/security gate. When inside you'll pass through a mini-souvenir shop (buy a fridge magnet!) then you can pass through to view the Jewish cemetery and into the main courtyard. There is another memorial wall and a beautiful metal tree with names engraved on each leaf. The actual synagogue itself is very pretty and once inside men must wear a kippur (provided) and you can wander in between the benches and view the details decor. You can go into another section of the synagogue which houses the small museum. A history of Judaism is displayed going up the staircase and inside there are some items and artefacts to view as well as a Hungarian language video clip.

Overall it was an interesting trip and I'm glad we went. I learnt a lot more about Judaism and the persecution of the Jews throughout history. There are some very good Jewish restaurants nearby which you can visit for refreshments - Carmel on Kazinczy St is definitely worth a try and does fantastic Flodni cake!

Visited March 2013
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“Gorgeous Restoration - a must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

First, as another reviewer has recently mentioned, the entry price is a bit steep, but not by much. The entry is good for the day and includes two "museums" as well as the grounds and a guide to explain the history. If you are very interested in everything the museums have to offer (the electronic pictorial history and the old home movies from the late 1930's are very informative and worthwhile than the price is worth it, but if all you want to see is the interior of the synagogue then it is steep. The interior of the 2nd largest synagogue in the world after Temple Emmanuel in NY is simply breathtaking, this and St Stephen's should not be missed. It is also close to three other nearby Synagogues all worth a more brief visit or walk by, perhaps on the way to or from the opera house.

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“Beautiful Synagogue, great tour, museum needs some work”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

The gardens and synagogue are very good. Get the included tour - well worth it and in a number of languages. The jewish museum is interesting and has some great exhibits but is very poorly labelled and more written information could accompany it.
The history of the synagogue is very interesting.

Visited February 2013
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“Interesting, informative but a little boring.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The synagogue was beautiful and quite interesting but considering the amount you pay to get in, you probably won't spend much time there and we found it quite difficult to work out how to actually get into the main synagogue- something you would think would be very simple.

Visited February 2013
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“Most beautiful! Lots to see beyond just a Temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The synagogue is huge and in Moorish style. It is as nice as many churches which is unusual for a Jewish house of worship. There is a holocaust memorial outside which is amazing. It is in the shape of an upside down menorah and in the shape of a tree where each leaf names a victim of the Holocaust in Hungary. It was financed by actor Tony Curtis. In the same area is a memorial to Raoul Wallenberg and other righteous men and women who risked their own lives to help those being persecuted.

Visited October 2012
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