Visit the Budapest Jewish Synagogue

Budapest also has a Jewish quarter, since its ghetto was established during World War II.

This neighborhood, which was also a concentration camp, revolved around the city’s Jewish Synagogue, a huge building that is the second largest synagogue in the world, second only to that of Jerusalem.

The Jewish Synagogue was built between 1854 and 1859 and contains some very un-Jewish elements such as an organ and a Moorish-style dome.

What to see in the Synagogue and the Jewish Quarter of Budapest

Budapest - Jewish SynagogueThe Moorish-style dome is not the only curious element that the Budapest Jewish Synagogue has.

Also noteworthy are its cast iron columns and the women’s gallery.

It is therefore not a typical Jewish-style building but has Moorish, Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic elements.

Next to the Synagogue we can find the Jewish Museum, which tells the story of Judaism in Hungary and which was inaugurated in 1932, and the Temple of Heroes, from 1931 and which remembers the Jews killed in World War I.

Budapest - Jewish Synagogue - InteriorAlso next to the Synagogue is the cemetery.

The Budapest Jewish Cemetery is unique in the Jewish world because in this religion cemeteries cannot be next to places of prayer.

But in this case an exception was made as it was built in memory of those killed in the ghetto in World War II.

The cemetery cannot be visited by tourists but the Tree of Life can, a monument that represents a willow tree whose leaves are engraved with the names of many of the victims of that war.

If you want to visit one of the best Jewish cemeteries in Europe, we recommend the Jewish Cemetery in Prague.

You can take an interesting tour of the Jewish Quarter where they will tell you all its secrets.

You can find more information on the official website of the Budapest Jewish Synagogue.

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