DOHÁNY STREET SYNAGOGUE

budapest synagogue

DOHÁNY STREET SYNAGOGUE

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The double tower of the building on the outskirts of the former Jewish Quarter, in the shadow of which is one of the largest synagogues in Europe, can be seen from a distance.
The spherical closure of the 43-meter high towers, the yellow and red brick stripes, and the gilded decoration of the interior all recall the influence of Moorish architecture. The building, home to the neologist Jewry, was built in 1859 by the German architect Ludwig Förster. The ensemble also includes the archway surrounding the inner garden and the Heroes Synagogue built in 1931. The building, designed by architect László Vágó, commemorates the 10,000 Hungarian Jewish soldiers who died in the First World War for their country. 

The statue of Imre Varga’s crying sad booklet in the courtyard is one of the favorite figures of tourist photos.
The synagogue offers English, German, Hebrew, French, Italian and Spanish guides to four different hiking variations, the most detailed of which is two hours. For a complete experience, you can walk to the nearby “small synagogue” on Rumbach Sebestyén Street in Vienna, designed by Otto Wagner of Vienna.