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Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)
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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.
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Museum was closed yet they still charged for it. Price was double compared to most other venues, museums or exhibitions and yet there was not so much to see.

The courtyard could have been seen without buying a ticket and it was beautiful and all that but what we ended paying for was really not worth it.

Unless you have religious reasons for coming here, I'd recommend Nemzeti Múzeum for a great experience and much better & deeper view of history of jewish and non-jewish people in Hungary and Budapest.

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Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

We were given student prices to get in by the lovely girl on the desk despite saying that we weren't students! It was only 2000 forints each for us plus 500 for a photo pass.

The people were friendly and the synagogue itself was a wonderful sight. So much beautiful decoration and so peaceful, I could have sat in there staring at the stained glass for a long time.

The museum was good with lots of artefacts but could've had more info as the Jewish faith fascinates me. There was art upstairs too which was interesting.

The memorial garden was lovely with a moving monument to holocaust victims.

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

The synagogue is very beautifully restored, and the grounds surrounding are so moving. 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.The memorial to Raoul Wallenberg and other righteous men and women who risked their own lives to help those being persecuted was a beautiful addition as well. The tour did a great job of filling in the gaps on the timeline of events in Hungarian Jewish history, and the museum's interactive timeline exhibit was so informative.

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Europe's largest synagogue is massive and beautiful. Remember to use your tickets at the close by museums.

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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!

Thank TheLittleWelsh
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