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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 May 8, 2013

I've been to a lot of synagogues in my day, and this one was the most epic. It definitely has a churchy kind of vibe with the high ceiling, the pews, and the organ. I was there for Friday night services. I was with a group, so I'm not sure you can just walk in due to the security issues for the Jewish community in Budapest.

Don't try to take pictures if you go on Friday night or Saturday!

Thank akissner
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

We visited the synagogue thinking that it would be a quick trip in and then out. Do give yourselves around an hour as you have a guide if you pay a tiny portion extra and they have guides who speak an array of languages. The guide explained all about the history of the synagogue, why it looks more like a church, the reason why it is still standing post WWII (used as a Gestapo Headquarters during the war, so the Allies and the Germans did not bomb it) when pretty much the rest of Budapest was flattened (in Pest at least). Really interesting and then Rememberence Garden was very moving and beautiful too.

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

We got a ticket to the synagogue, we didn't want to see the museum.
The entrance to the synagogue is a bit obscure, as you might think you are entering a shop. Inside the building is very nice, we didn't waite for a guide.
We didn't know we could also see the remembrance garden on this ticket.The remembrance garden is a real must. It's so beautiful an serene with the weeping willow.
We went there on a sunday.

Thank avmn
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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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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!

Thank reginalampert
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