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Jewish Budapest

By Linda Tancs

The heart of Jewish Budapest is the Great Synagogue on Dohány Street. Dominating the historic Jewish quarter on the Pest side of the city, it’s the largest synagogue in Europe and the second-largest in the world. Built in the 1800s, it has a Moorish motif unique for its time, highlighted by eight-pointed stars and a geometric façade. The interior is no less ornate with its balconies, rose windows and colossal organ behind the ark. Adjacent to the synagogue is the Jewish Museum, which houses a Holocaust room and historical exhibitions. Often hailed as one of the top 10 sights in Budapest, you’ll benefit from a guided tour of the facility and the district.

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