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“Stunning Synagogue.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)

Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)
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Private Jewish Budapest Walking Tour
Ranked #33 of 438 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.
Newcastle, Australia
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“Stunning Synagogue.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

This is the largest Synagogue in Europe and rates on a world scale. A 19th Century construction with a unique and decorative brick pattern. We waited for the English language tour and enjoyed the heavily accented Hungarian English narrative. The Synagogue was full of capped men and women with covered shoulders. Cameras are allowed, and the building is full of symbolism much the same as we have experienced in the Christian Churches. You can have your name plate fixed to a pew for a squillion forints.
Outside the tour takes on a somber tone as you pass by the courtyard which was the scene of mass murder of the Jews in 1944. Pictures on the columns are a stark reminder of what happened and what should have been stopped.
The adjoining museum is a must and so too is the holocaust room. The Jews have many sayings, one in particular " Never forget".." Never again". It Is necessary for all people to be reminded of this. How easily it is for us to forget history.
There are souvenirs available if you need more!

Visited July 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Informative visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

Not being Jewish I found this tour very enlightening and informative. The guide in the Synagogue (Mikey) was very clear in his description of his faith and the history behind the synagogue. He explained the different facets of the synagogue and showed us the garden which also contained the tree of life. A touching memorial to those who were slaughtered in the last years of WW2, by the nazi's and fellow hungarians (arrow cross).
We also took the museum part of the tour which was also very informative. The last part of this tour included a memorial to the holocaust which was very confronting.
My wife and I enjoyed the whole tour.

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Frankfurt
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“Amazing history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

The building is simply breathtaking, and when you get to know the stories too, you realize the most exciting stories don't have to be made up.
If you are looking for souvenirs, one of the guides is a very talented cartoonist, his works are sold in the local shop.

Visited June 2013
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Lake Mary, Florida
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“Holocost Memorial Center”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

Words cannot describe the impact this center had on me and my travelling companions. Sad and grim, but not to be missed by anyone going to Budapest. To see the names of the thousands of murdered Jews tore at our hearts and the metal tree in the middle of the courtyard with the names of many, many victims was a stunning sight.

Visited July 2013
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Israel
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“Very interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

Highly reommended. We had a lovely guide (Sandra) in the Museum in Hebrew, and this made the visit even more worthwhile

Visited July 2013
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