New Synagogue

sights / Religious

New Synagogue information

Location
Szeged , Hungary
Address
Jósika utca 10
Telephone
+36 423 849
More information
www.zsinagoga.szeged.hu
Prices
adult/concession 400/200Ft
Opening hours
10am-noon & 1-5pm Apr-Sep, 10am-2pm Oct-Mar, closed Sat
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For many people, Szeged’s most compelling sight is the Hungarian Art Nouveau New Synagogue, which was designed by Lipót Baumhorn in 1903. It is the most beautiful Jewish house of worship in Hungary and is still in use, though the comunity has dwindled from 8000 before WWII to about 50 people. If the grace and enormous size of the exterior don’t impress you, the blue-and-gold interior will. The cupola, decorated with stars and flowers (representing infinity and faith), appears to float skyward, and the tabernacle of carved acacia wood and metal fittings is a masterpiece. The stained glass is the work of Miksa Róth. There are a few other buildings of interest in this area, the former Jewish quarter, including a former Jewish community centre built in 1902, which once served as an old-age home, and the neoclassical Old Synagogue , built in 1843. It now houses theatre workshops.