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“Integral to understanding the history of Jews in Europe” 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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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.
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Integral to understanding the history of Jews in Europe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This is the first synagogue that I remember visiting and it is an impressive one with which to begin. For starters, it is the second largest in the world (after NY) and the largest in Europe. The present day building was designed by a German architect, and there are some strong similarities to Christian cathedrals.

We arrived a few minutes late for the guided tour, which provided excellent historical context as well as information about the building itself, which is grand and interesting. From there you can peek into the small cemetery, see the Tree of Life with silver tags representing those who died in the Hungarian Holocaust, as well as visit a museum. There are bathrooms, a shop and a small cafe.

Visited June 2013
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“A Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

The synagogue is amazing and it's place in history will grab you. I came away stunned at man's ability to harm his fellow man. We should never forget what happened here between March of 1944 and January 1945. It brought tears to my eyes.

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“Respect for the past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

A very emotional visit, and seeing the metal weeping willow with people's names on was a stark reminder of how many people were lost. It was good to see lots of young people there taking an interest

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“Must visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This place gives you goose bumps all over to imagine what these poor souls suffered. The weeping tree memorial actually sounds like its crying as the leaves each containing the names of the victims clank together in the wind. Very, very disturbing yet undeniabley a have to do if visiting Budapest.

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“Interesting memorial”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

They synagogue was beautiful but the tour guide was not a necessary expense. There are two exhibits on the grounds as well as the tree sculpture.

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