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“If you saw the ruins , you will not beleive the retoration”
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Hurva Synagogue
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Since its original construction in 1700 by the followers of Rabbi Judah, the Hurva has been been destroyed twice in order to weaken the presence of Jews in the Old City. The Hurva tells the story of the rebirth and renewal of the Jewish community in the Old City of Jerusalem. The site features a massive ark, and an amazing 360 degree view of the Old City from the observation deck.
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New York City, New York
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“If you saw the ruins , you will not beleive the retoration”
Reviewed November 28, 2012

Many people know the iconic image of just an arch, that once represented this site. Well the restoration , might be the best restoration in the country. This is the site of four sephardic synagogues that formed a complex. Images exists from before it was destroyed in 1948, by Jordon , these images allowed for a fantastic restoration. It is a simple site to walk through , in a very nice area. If you are not Jewish the simple beauty and startling restoration will probably be worth the visit. If you are Jewish , these are some of the crown jewels ( I feel) of modern synagogues.

Visited November 2012
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“Hurva synagogue. Where the arc used to be. So amazing!”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

Brilliant building and the tour was amazing. 360 degree view of Jerusalem from the dome. Best 25 shekels I ever spent. Nice bathrooms too. Mix of archeology and new building in the same place. Very cool.

Visited August 2012
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“Beautiful Synagogue, Very Informative Tour”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

We took the guided tour which was great. We learned much history of the Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem, and the Hurva Shul. It's a beautiful synagogue. Do take the tour and do climb up to see the view from the roof.

Visited May 2012
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Karmiel, Israel
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“Wonderful Attraction”
Reviewed May 5, 2012

Aside from its beauty, functionality and interest, the Hurva Synagogue is a meaningful place to visit due to what it represents.
As an Israeli, I see this structure as representing Israel's rebirth and fortitude in micro, so you are well advised to read up on its history before you visit, even if you intend to take the guided tour.

The Hurva functions as any other synagogue, having regularly scheduled prayer hours; additionally, Ultra Orthodox Jews have 'occupied' the synagogue during non-prayer hours as their 'private' yeshivah. For this reason, you must purchase tickets for a guided tour if you wish to view the synagogue from the inside - unless, of course, you wish to come to pray during the designated hours.
Make sure to call 02-626-5900 for reservations.

Visited May 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Beautiful synagogue with layers of history”
Reviewed June 27, 2011

The Hurva Synagogue, which was virtually destroyed by Jordan's Arab Legion in 1948, has recently been rebuilt to its original dimensions and meticulously renovated with stained glass windows and a magnificent dome. The Hurva is built on layers of other renovations of this synagogue, built atop an ancient Roman street. The tour covers all the historical periods and ends with a rooftop panoramic view of the old city. Well worth a visit! The highest rooftop view is not accessible by elevator, though the rest of the floors are, if I remember correctly.

Visited February 2011
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