Guest Author: Robbie Cheadle ~ The Great Synagogue

I am over at Sue Vincent’s blog today with a post about the Great Synagogue in Budapest. An incredibly beautiful building with a tragic past, it was a most memorable visit for me. Thank you, Sue, for hosting me.

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Dohány Street Synagogue

Background

The Dohány Street Synagogue also known as the Great Synagogue, is found in in Erzsébetváros, the 7th district of Budapest, Hungary.

An incredibly beautiful building, it was built between 1854 and 1859 in the Moorish Revival style with onion shaped gilded domes. The whole building is decorated with eight-pointed stars as can be seen in the picture below.

Above the main entrance gate of the Dohany synagogue the inscription in Hebrew: “And let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.”

The Dohány Street Synagogue complex consists of the Great Synagogue, the Heroes’ Temple, the graveyard, the Memorial and the Jewish Museum and constituted the border of the Budapest Ghetto.

Some interesting facts about the Dohány Street Synagogue

  1. The Dohány Street Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world. It seats up to 3 000 people.
  2. Above the…

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