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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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Ranked #32 of 230 Attractions in Budapest
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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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.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

,We visited the Dohany Synagogue/Memorial Park/Historical Jewish District of Pest. We had a tour of the Synagogue. My first impression was that it looked like a Christian cathedral. The guide explained that a Christian architect designed it. Both the out side and inside of the building were very interesting.

Attached to the synagogue was the Jewish Museum. There were 2 courtyard as well. One was a graveyard with mass graves. The guide explained that large number of Jews died of starvation, uncontrolled diseases and many were shot by the Nazi's. Bodies were left lying where they fell. Eventually they were buried (about 2800) in mass graves (I think he said 21graves).

The other courtyard had a monument in the form of a tree made of metal to honour those who had died. Some of the metal leaves on the tree had names on them of those who had perished. Others were blank to honour those who died but whose name was not known.

At the other side of the courtyard was a plaque honouring Roual Wallenburg and other people of different nationalities who had helped thousands of Hungarian Jews.

All in all it was very very interesting, educational and certainly worth a visit.

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“Moorish gem--with tours, no less!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This beautiful synagogue is well worth the visit. There are tours given often in many different languages, and ours was wonderful. You will learn about history, ritual & custom, architecture, and more from individuals who have a personal connection to this edifice and to the community. This is your opportunity to ask questions, and learn worthwhile things. Please visit, and round out your trip to this lovely city!

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“Beautiful synagogue and birthplace of Herzel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Gorgeous synagogue that dates back to medieval Europe. Lots of history, including a tragic period during WWII.

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Kfar Saba
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“Very interesting - Jewish Synagogue with Christian influence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

This is a great place to visit even if you are not a Jew. This is the second largest Synagogue in the world. It was built by the Neologic Jewish community of Budapest, and therefore very unique.
It is a very impressive and rich building looks very much like a big church but with Jewish symbols.
Make sure to take a guided tour in your own language and also visit the memorial garden at the back - amazing.
Tickets are sold on the spot (not expensive at all) best thing is to reserve a tour in advance by email.

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“No entrance to the actual synagogue”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

While some of the exhibits at this attraction are good, we would have liked to see the actual synagogue which was out of bounds! And no one seemed to have the right directions in English on how to navigate this place.

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