Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Budapest's Great Synagogue - Hungary

I really, really want to visit Budapest, I just need someone to go with me. Any candidates? 
There are many interresting attractions in Budapest, one of them is the Great Synagogue in Dohány Street (also known as Dohány Street Synagogue). This is the largest Synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world. 

Foto: Simon László
It was built between 1854 and 1859 in Moorish Revival or Neo-Moorish style, in the wake of Romanticism. Originally, there was a residential block next to the synagogue. In fact, Theodor Herzl, founder of the Zionist movement, was born in one of the houses located there. This site is now part of the complex and home to the Jewish Museum.
During the inter-war years, anti-Semitism grew quickly in Hungary. A series of anti-Jewish policies were passed, and fascist groups like the Arrow Cross Party started to attract more followers. Hungary became an ally of Germany and the Arrow Cross Party damaged the Synagogue in 1939. During World War II, the Great Synagogue served as a stable and as a radio communication center for the Germans. Today, the compound serves as the main center for the Jewish community.
The buildings and the courtyards of the Synagogue include the Jewish Museum, the Heroes' Temple, the Jewish Cemetery and the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park. - in: http://visitbudapest.travel/guide/budapest-attractions/great-synagogue/

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