Dohány Street Synagogue, Budapest

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Steep yourself in Judaism and Moorish Revival architecture at Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe, which can seat 3,000 people. Viennese architect Ludwig Forster built the structure between 1854 and 1859 using Islamic influences typical of North Africa and medieval Spain. The synagogue experienced significant destruction during Nazi occupation, when it was bombed and used as a German radio base and stable. However, it was restored to its original design during reconstruction in 1991 and 1998. Visit the site's Heroes' Temple, Jewish Museum, Jewish Cemetery, and Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park. Step inside to see the synagogue's spectacular interior, famous for the colorful, geometric frescoes designed by Hungarian architect Frigyes Feszl. To visit Dohány Street Synagogue and get the most from your holiday in Budapest, create itinerary details personal to you using our Budapest online day trip planner.
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  • This is a site absolutely not to be missed. It is frustrating reading the other reviews that complain about the cost and the modesty requirements. As for the cost, large churches (and other houses of....  more
    This is a site absolutely not to be missed. It is frustrating reading the other reviews that complain about the cost and the modesty requirements. As for the cost, large churches (and other houses of....  more »
  • What a beautiful building. Our tour guide was friendly and informative and had a great sense humour. Answers questions and explained the importance the synagogue and its impact on the Jewish... 
    What a beautiful building. Our tour guide was friendly and informative and had a great sense humour. Answers questions and explained the importance the synagogue and its impact on the Jewish...  more »
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  • No visit to Budapest could be complete without visiting this magnificent Synagogue, it's truly beautiful inside. Completed in 1859 it remains the largest in Europe with a seating capacity of 3000. Start with the 30 minute talk by a guide explaining the History of the Synagogue and also of the experiences of Jews in Hungary. The jewel in the Crown is obviously the main Synagogue, but don't miss the smaller Synagogue (used in Winter months for energy conservation), The Museum (objects relating to religious and everyday life) and another exhibition of the Budapest Ghetto 1944/45. At the North End, before the exit gate, stop to see the Holocaust Tree of Life Memorial. Easy to spend a couple of hours here and totally worth the entry fee.
  • Beautiful synagogue. Built in the style of a cathedral, it's the largest synagogue in Europe. The architecture is incredible, the interior decorations are very detailed. The complex has several things on site too, it's very easy to spend a few hours here.

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