Holocaust Tree of Life Memorial.

Holocaust Tree of Life Memorial

Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

In the Raul Wallenberg Memorial Garden on the Great Synagogue’s north side, the Holocaust (or Emanuel) Tree of Life Memorial, designed by Imre Varga in 1991 and paid for by the late American actor Tony Curtis for his Hungarian-born father Emanuel Schwartz, stands over the mass graves of those murdered by the Nazis in 1944–45. On the leaves of the metal tree are inscribed the family names of some of the hundreds of thousands of victims.

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Nearby Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter attractions

1. Great Synagogue

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Budapest's stunning Great Synagogue is the world's largest Jewish house of worship outside New York City. Built in 1859, the synagogue has both Romantic…

2. Hungarian Jewish Museum & Archives

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Upstairs in an annexe of the Great Synagogue, this museum contains objects related to religious and everyday life, including 3rd-century Jewish headstones…

3. Rumbach Sebestyén utca Synagogue

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The Moorish Rumbach Sebestyén utca Synagogue was built in 1872 by Austrian Secessionist architect Otto Wagner for the Status Quo Ante (moderate…

5. Orthodox Synagogue

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Once one of a half-dozen synagogues and prayer houses in the Jewish Quarter, the Orthodox Synagogue was built in 1913 in what was at the time a very…

6. Vintage Galería


This private gallery with banker's hours features some striking contemporary photography.

7. Makovec Office Building


This office block was designed by Imre Makovec (1935–2011), who developed his own 'organic' style using unusual materials like tree trunks and turf.

8. Károly Garden

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A pleasant place to take a breather, this flowered-filled garden was built for the Károly Palace, which now houses the Petőfi Museum of Literature…