Budapest's stunning Great Synagogue is the largest Jewish house of worship in the world outside New York City. Built in 1859, the...
Hungarian Jewish Museum
In an annexe of the Great Synagogue is the Jewish Museum, which contains objects related to religious and everyday life and an...
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Great Synagogue information
Budapest's stunning Great Synagogue is the largest Jewish house of worship in the world outside New York City. Built in 1859, the synagogue has both Romantic and Moorish architectural elements. Inside, the Hungarian Jewish Museum contains objects relating to religious and everyday life, as well as the Holocaust Memorial Room, which relates the events of 1944–45. On the synagogue’s north side, the Holocaust Memorial presides over the mass graves of those murdered by the Nazis.
Inside the Neolog (strict conservative) synagogue, built according to the designs of Viennese architect Ludwig Förster, don't miss the central rose window and the sumptuous organ, dating back to 1902. Interesting items in the Hungarian Jewish Museum include 3rd-century Jewish headstones from Roman Pannonia, a vast amount of ritualistic silver, and a handwritten book of the local Burial Society from the late 18th century.
Designed in 1991 by Imre Varga, on the leaves of the Holocaust Memorial's metal ‘tree of life’ are family names of some of the hundreds of thousands of victims. Nearby you'll find the Jewish Quarter Exhibition with interactive displays, video and artefacts, documenting what life was like in this area through the eras.