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Review of Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)

Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)
Dohany u. 2-8, Budapest VII, Hungary (District VII / Jewish Quarter)
(01) 342 2353
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Budapest Tour with Optional Danube River Cruise
Ranked #45 of 422 things to do in Budapest
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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.
Haifa, Israel
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“touching visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I recommend the building is beautiful not to believe how a European synagogue looks. It is a must for every Jew and it is emotional as there is a grave yard outside for those who died during the holocaust.

Visited February 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“An impromtu visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

On the recommendation of a couple we met on the Parliament Tour we headed to the Jewish quarter and the Great Synagogue. Apparently the largest of its kind (Moorish-revival style) in Eurasia and the biggest in Europe.
I was surprised out how "touristy" the Synagogue was and quite aghast at some of the tasteless souvineers available!
The interior was different and quite surprising, but the experience was enhanced by the small cemetery housing mass graves and memorial to the dead.

Visited July 2013
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Take This Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Not only is it the second largest synagogue in the world but it sports a pipe organ and pulpit. Because of these very unusual two features the locals joke that it is the largest Catholic synagogue in the world. It is well worth a visit and a tour which is given is many different languages. The history of Jews in Hungary during the Second World War does not differ much from other occupied countries except the Hungarian Jews did have a savior. Here you will learn about Raoul Wallenberg the Swedish diplomat who saved many only to vanish into the Soviet prison system at the end of the war. To this day the Russians have never acknowledged what happened to him although he is reported to have died in 1947. A memorial garden in his honor is in back of the synagogue and museums are also located in that area.

Visited October 2013
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“Informative and insightful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We took the tour and it was very helpful. Our guide was very kind, her English was understandable (actually, quite alright) and seemed to really care for the place - what made listening to her all the more enjoyable.
The inside is amazing, all the decorations and small details - I loved it. The garden is packed with a few memorials and graves. Most of the tour explained how the synagogue was build and what purpose it served through the years. And because the history of the jews was greatly impacted by the second world war, it won't be very light.
I really enjoyed visiting the synagogue and would recommend it!

Visited August 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“A must see for everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

The biggest synagogue in the continent (the second biggest in Europe, after the one in England), beautiful and historical.

Visited January 2014
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