New Synagogue

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New Synagogue information

Location
Szeged , Hungary
Address
Jósika utca 10
Telephone
+36 62 423 849
More information
www.zsinagoga.szeged.hu
Prices
adult/concession 500/250Ft
Opening hours
10am-noon & 1-5pm Sun-Fri Apr-Sep, 9am-2pm Sun-Fri Oct-Mar
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The Art Nouveau New Synagogue, which was designed by Lipót Baumhorn in 1903, is the most beautiful Jewish house of worship in Hungary. It is still in use, though the community has dwindled from 8000 before WWII to about 50 people. Dominating the enormous blue-and-gold interior is the cupola, decorated with stars and flowers (representing infinity and faith) and appearing to float skyward.

Other notable features inside include the tabernacle of carved acacia wood, the metal fittings and the stained glass by 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.