The Dohány Street Synagogue (Hungarian: Dohány utcai zsinagóga / nagy zsinagóga; Hebrew: בית הכנסת הגדול של בודפשט, Bet ha-Knesset ha-Gadol shel Budapesht), also known as the Great Synagogue or Tabakgasse Synagogue, is a historical building in Erzsébetváros, the 7th district of Budapest, Hungary. It is the largest synagogue in Europe, seating 3,000 people and is a centre of Neolog Judaism.
The synagogue was built between 1854 and 1859 in the Moorish Revival style, with the decoration based chiefly on Islamic models from North Africa and medieval Spain (the Alhambra). The synagogue's Viennese architect, Ludwig Förster, believed that no distinctively Jewish architecture could be identified, and thus chose "architectural forms that have been used by oriental ethnic groups that are related to the Israelite people, and in particular the Arabs". The interior design is partly by Frigyes Feszl.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
The Travel Person | Feb 8, 2018
the largest in Europe, #2 in the world next to the one they built in New York. One of the oldest synagogues in Europe, with much more to offer than your average holy place. I'm not a religious person and usually I don't like stuff like this but I was very impressed here. There is a mixture of 3 types of architecture so it looks kind of like a Jewish mosque-church which was really cool. Theodore Herzel, the founder of Israel lived next door and wanted to include all sects and religions into this venue. This was shorty before the Holocaust and the hard line approach of the Israeli Government. Go and spend a couple hours here, take the guided tour. We were fortunate to have a great guide who was informative and well spoken.
Didi Palvin | Jan 22, 2018
If on the outside it is impressive, on the inside it is more. It is the largest synagogue in Europe and therefore worth visiting. The entrance seems very expensive for what you see, but the business is the business. With the entrance you see the synagogue, an interior courtyard and a museum. You have to enter under security measures for bags, backpacks and others. Inside it is impressive how big it is, it is a place of worship of another religion to mine and deserves the utmost respect.
Camila Santos Matos de Freitas Ribeiro | Feb 10, 2018
Impressive place. Visit is worth every cent. Take the time to think abou the story of how those people suffered and recovered and you have the opportunity to learn something there.
Kevin Byrne | Jan 10, 2018
An important place in Budapest's history, regular English speaking tours available. The price however (€15) feels very steep considering the cost of living in Hungary. Maybe save the money and look at the outside of the building which is beautiful.
Scott Jones | Mar 1, 2018
Beautiful synagogue. Make sure to check out the museum too to better understand the Hungarian Jewish history.
Stefan Bürgermayer | Jun 12, 2018
From outside, it seems to be a very nice, huge Jewish church - called Synagogue - and that in good condition. In this ensemble is placed the Synagogue, a Museum, a Cemetery, the Freedom Tree and so on. But, I think, the entrance fee of 4.000,- Ft/Adult (2018) is definitely too high.
Adithya Sridhar | May 18, 2018
A synagogue in Budapest is a great step and considering the level of anti Semitic emotions which was existed, this monument is a great example of modern day tolerance and also a reminder for humans to get in connection to the past and diversity. Beautiful and lovely structure. Negative from my point of view was the entrance fee. I can understand if one has to pay to go and visit the towers and museums inside but paying 13€ per person was a bit too much in my point of view. I didn’t go inside but I am sure there are other enthusiastic tourists who will still be ther. Perhaps I will make my visit there next time when I am in Budapest.
Marc Albert | May 11, 2018
A wonderful experience. The tour is very good. You see the inside of the big synagogue, learn about the history of the buildings and the events of WWII and see several, very moving memorials. Don't skip the museum. It has some very interesting artifacts.
Daniel Brvnišťan | Apr 15, 2018
Astonishing, sad, educating, eye opening. I saw many synagogues and shoa memorials but this one was the most touching. The temple itself is huge and a landmark in its own. The very energetic and enthusiastic guide, who is himself descendant of local ghetto survivors made us really understand the local Hungarian story of Jewish population before, during and after the war. And yes, the €15 are worth this than another hipster meal.
Frederik Verhoeven | Apr 30, 2018
Definitely worth stopping by if you want to get a grip of european Judaism. The museum explains a great deal, you can even buy some interesting books here. Inside the synagogue there are guides in multiple languages. The synagogue has intricate and beautiful decorations that are well worth another look while sitting on those old wooden benches.
glessart glessart | Jul 28, 2018
Very interesting. Looks old, but as with St. Stephen's Basilica, was substantially rebuilt due to serious bomb damage during WWII. A fantastic restoration has been done. Male tourists are given a paper yarmulka to wear while on the property.The tour was very worthwhile as each language group is kept seperate and is then led by a very knowledgeable guide speaking your language. It is still an operating Synagogue, but with a greatly reduced congregation. The interior is superb. The exterior part of the tour takes you past a Holocaust memorial garden. One highlight is the metal Tree of Life which was originally funded by the actor Tony Curtis, whose parents were Hungarian Jews. Occasionally researchers find records of a family who disappeared during the Holocaust. Those names are then inscribed onto the metal leaves on the tree as a memorial.
Hlias Tsekerhs | Aug 3, 2018
As a building the synagogue is beautiful both from the outside and the inside, with emotional and heavy history. Moreover, there is an English tour which explains all the historical facts of the place. However i believe that the very high entrance fee is unacceptable and ridiculous, especially if you compare it with the rest of the monuments in the Budapest.
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