The Sofia Synagogue (Bulgarian: Софийска синагога, Sofiyska sinagoga) is the largest synagogue in Southeastern Europe, one of two functioning in Bulgaria (with the other one in Plovdiv) and the third-largest in Europe.
Constructed for the needs of the Bulgarian capital Sofia's mainly Sephardic Jewish community after a project by the Austrian architect Friedrich Grünanger, it resembles the old Moorish Leopoldstädter Tempel in Vienna and was officially opened on 9 September 1909 in the presence of Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria. The first preparations for the synagogue's construction date to 1903, while the construction itself had begun on 13 November 1905. The construction of a grand new synagogue was part of the reorganization efforts of the Bulgarian Jewish community under Lemberg-born Chief Rabbi Marcus Ehrenpreis and local leaders Ezra Tadjer and Avram Davidjon Levy. Prior to the construction of the new synagogue, the lot in central Sofia had been occupied by an older synagogue.
Desbravando Madrid | Feb 20, 2018
Beautiful inside. Even if you see the door is closed, just ring the bell and they'll open it for you!
Marc Albert | Feb 24, 2018
A lovely synagogue in excellent condition. It was built in the early 1900s. Entry to all houses of worship in Sofia are free but when you enter they ask you to pay a small amount (about 3 leva / $1.95 a piece if I remember correctly) to enter the museum. They make it seem compensatory. For that price someone from the congregation will tell you all about the synagogue and you can ask questions. It is a very interesting story. Technically there is a small museum near the entrance and there are some things of interest to see. I recommend seeing this site.
Alessandro Rocchetti | Apr 3, 2018
The second biggest synagogue in Europe. A host spends a few minutes to explain history of the place and the meaning of Hebraic symbols
J S | Feb 18, 2018
Very beautiful outside and inside. You have to pay 3 Lev / person to enter inside. It's no clear how to enter, when you go to the main door you don't see nothing but a closed door. Open it or knock it and they will let you enter
ilker aktaş | Mar 4, 2018
Dont miss this place. There is something to see inside
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