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“Most beautiful! Lots to see beyond just a Temple”

Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)
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Budapest Jewish Heritage Walking Tour
Ranked #32 of 442 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.
Allentown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Most beautiful! Lots to see beyond just a Temple”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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“Worth a look, mainly for the courtyard and garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

The synagogue is the second largest in the world and has recently been refurbished at considerable expense. Although the interior is impressive, it will only take 5 minutes to take it all in, but you also get entrance to an adjoining museum which has a decent collection of old Judaica primarily arranged to explain the main Jewish festivals, although there is a slightly amateurish feel to its arrangement. The museum ends with a small section devoted to the Budapest ghetto under Eichmann and to the Holocaust in general, but the small space devoted to it and the somewhat random nature of the curatorial guidance here risks trivialising these momentous events. Far more fitting and moving is the simple courtyard outside where over 2000 victims of the ghetto were buried in mass graves and the excellently-conceived Raoul Wallenberg garden where a steel willow tree engraved with names of victims of the Shoah are engraved, which I found very moving.

Visited February 2013
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“A bit pricy for what you get”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

Paid quite a price for a look in the synagogue and a tour of a small museum.

Don't get me wrong the synagogue is beautiful and if you've never been in a synagogue before, being in the second largest in the world is not a bad place to start.
The English speaking guide was hard to hear at times and I've guessed some of what he said! Interesting none the less.
Museum is small and not very well laid out but worth a quick visit if you've paid the price. Also contains a small Holocaust exhibition, not as good as the main Holocaust exhibition at Pava Street though.
The real wonder was the gardens of remembrance, the side of the synagogue contains 24 massed graves containing the bodies of over 2000 jews who had died as a result of the actions of the nazis and fascist forces (I think that's right).
The rear garden contains a memorial tree, a metal construction made in the shape of a weeping willow, look carefully as each leaf contains the name of a person killed during the latter stages of the war.
The small stones people leave at these places are symbolic and are placed as you might leave flowers for someone, but are a far more long lasting memory.

All in all, Worth a visit.

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“Spectacular and poignant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

This was a beautiful building. We didn't pay for a tour, and walked around on our own relying on our guide book. I loved the inside, but the grounds were my favorite part. I felt that this is a great memorial and also a place of hope for the future. It blends the need for remembrance and hope so well. This is a must see for Budapest.

Visited February 2013
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“A little disappointing that more was not open”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

With such a stunning exterior we were very excited to go in and decided to go ahead as it was right next to the cafe that we had our Fungarian lesson.

Given the fairly costly entrance fee (by Budapest standards) we were disappointed that a number of the areas were closed, leaving really very little to see. The synagogue itself was stunning and went some way to redress our disappointment that there was little else to see.

Visited February 2013
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